NEWS UPDATE: Results of Listening Sessions available for media & public (Teacher Effectiveness)

United Ways across Tennessee are working with representatives of numerous sectors to see how to help improve teacher effectiveness

FOLLOW UP: In a meeting with representatives from sectors across the state today, our United Ways of Tennessee organization shared the results of listening sessions with over 700 students, families, teachers, administrators and other concerned parties about teacher effectiveness in Tennessee (see earlier story here).

The report categorizes information related to the following insight subject areas:

From teachers:
– Teachers need additional resources to be effective
– Teachers know that school culture matters
– Teachers want effective professional development
– Teachers want a better evaluation process

From parents:
– Insights as to what parents see as an “effective” teacher
– Parents know that school culture matters
– Parents want additional resources and opportunities for their children
– Parents want teachers to acquire additional skills and knowledge
– Parents want increased communication and more effective interaction between schools and home

From students:
– Insights as to what students see as an “effective” teacher
– Students want their classes to be relevant and challenging
– Students want teachers to be responsive to their academic needs
– Students identify teachers with varying effectiveness

The report also includes insights from community organizations about ways to positively impact student achievement through greater interaction with educators.

Click here to download a copy of the report as an Adobe Acrobat PDF document (somewhat large file, the download may take a moment on slower computers).

For media related questions about this report:
– Mary Graham at United Ways of Tennessee (in Nashville) at 615-791-1464 or mary.graham@uwtn.org
Dave Skorupa V.P. Communications at United Way of the Mid-South (in Memphis) 901.433.4380 or dave.skorupa@uwmidsouth.org

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About Dave Skorupa

Dave Skorupa is a member of the Communications team at United Way of the Mid-South, Memphis, TN.
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