Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday he'll soon unveil a strategic plan for education that focuses on three Rs: Results for students, rewards for the best teachers and respect for "families, educators and local communities." And of course he brought up a fourth big R earlier in the week: Raises.
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McCrory said he'll roll out his plan "in coming weeks." And the legislature's advisory panel on teacher pay and effectiveness is finally ready to schedule its first meeting, now that the senate has appointed members.
Meanwhile, on the respect theme, organizers of Wednesday's Education Summit urged the 400-plus participants to show support for educators by tweeting messages of support to @CMS_schools using the hashtag #CMSappreciation, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or posting pictures and videos to the CMS Facebook page.
I'm curious about what teachers think of such mass appreciation efforts, including an earlier push funded by state Board of Education member John Tate and other local backers that got a long list of tributes posted to http://thankstoateacher.com/. Do these kinds of messages boost morale?
I'm inclined to favor personal contact. It doesn't even have to be the big "you changed my life" letter, though I'm sure those are welcome. I bet parents can provide a much-needed boost to teachers just by shooting them an email when the kids come home excited about a lesson or proud of mastering a skill they've struggled with.