Osceola School District Achieves Honorable Mention Status in Great District for Great Teachers By National Council On Teacher Quality
The Osceola School District announced today that the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a national leader on teacher issues, has named it an honorable mention in its first-ever Great Districts for Great Teachers initiative. NCTQ chose the Osceola School District after a rigorous evaluation process. It was determined that the data collected proved that the Osceola School District is a national leader in developing and caring for great teachers, so that they, in turn, can deliver great instruction to their students.
“Great Districts for Great Teachers is a celebration of great teaching,” said Kate Walsh, President of NCTQ. “We celebrate the hard, often politically challenging efforts by a special group of school districts who have managed to put together policies and practices that make them great places for great teachers to work.”
“We are honored that the NCTQ selected us as an honorable mention in its first Great Districts for Great Teachers initiative,” said Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace. “We are especially pleased that this award recognizes the tremendous work of our administrators to identify and support great teachers and of our great teachers themselves.”
NCTQ developed the criteria for this honor based on its experience stretching over a decade analyzing district human capital policies and practices, as well as input from teachers and other education leaders. The nonprofit organization selected eight winners and four honorable mentions who excelled on five criteria that research suggests connect to effective teaching -- compensation, professional support, effective management and operations, career and leadership opportunities, and support services for students. Some of the criteria included:
· Salaries provide a good standard of living, and the district finds ways to reward excellence.
· Professional development and coaching are tailored to teachers’ needs and include plenty of collaborative planning time.
· Schools are run efficiently, with evidence that the district allows its schools to make the decisions that are in their best interest.
· There’s plenty of opportunity for teachers to take on leadership roles.
· Teachers get lots of support from the district when it comes to meeting the needs of students.
The winners include: Boston Public Schools, Broward County School District (Florida), Denver Public Schools, District of Columbia Public Schools, Gwinnett County Public Schools (Georgia), New York City Public Schools, Pinellas County School District (Florida), and Pittsburgh Public Schools. Honorable mention districts include: Duval County Public Schools (FL), Indianapolis Public Schools, Newark Public Schools (NJ), and Osceola School District (FL). In choosing the winners and honorable mentions, researchers carefully evaluated data from the teacher contract, examined documents and data submitted by the district, surveyed teachers, and interviewed teachers. NCTQ staff verified the selected finalists through focus groups with teachers and interviews with district leaders in each district.
NCTQ organized the Great Districts for Great Teachers initiative because it believes supporting and aiding great teachers is the best way to shape a better future for all students. Great teachers not only provide an excellent education for their own students, they also become inspiring role models and leaders for the entire teaching profession. Sponsors of this initiative include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Heinz Endowments, and the Walton Family Foundation.
More details about the program can be found at http://www.greatdistricts.org