Nefertiti Orrin, Teacher Effectiveness Initiative Project Coordinator, writes about the importance of an upcoming Community Conversation Breakfast with Memphis City Schools later this month:
Memphis witnessed an incredibly inspiring, historical moment on May 16, 2011 when President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address to the graduating class of Booker T. Washington High School. President Obama challenged us all on that day with these words; “…if success can happen here at Booker T. Washington, it can happen anywhere in Memphis. And, if it can happen in Memphis, it can happen anywhere in Tennessee. And, if it can happen anywhere in Tennessee, it can happen all across America.”
Booker T. Washington’s success exemplifies what is truly possible when children have great teachers, great leaders, and a community of supporters rallying around them.
All the children in our community deserve the same great teachers and leaders as the graduates and students of Booker T. Washington. And, Memphis City Schools has been working diligently over the last two years to ensure this by rethinking the way it cultivates and supports teachers – the most important factor that determines a student’s success in the classroom. Through the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative (TEI), MCS is transforming the evaluation system and the way it recruits, supports, retains, and compensates teachers.
United Way, Stand for Children, and Memphis Urban League are hosting a Community Conversation Breakfast with Dr. Irving Hamer and Tequilla Banks of Memphis City Schools to reflect on the progress of the work and hear what the future holds for TEI. At the end of the meeting, you will have an opportunity to ask questions and pledge your commitment to continuing this vital work.
As our community navigates through the changes that will come as a result of a consolidated public school system, we need your voice to ensure that the work of supporting teaching effectiveness continues regardless of what happens!
The Community Conversation Breakfast with Memphis City Schools will be held Tuesday, June 21, 2011 7:30am – 10:00am, with breakfast served at 7:30 at Holiday Inn at University of Memphis (Shelby Room) 3700 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111.
Please RSVP to Nefertiti Orrin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-433-4310 by Monday, June 20th.