Ky. Education Commissioner issues statement on collaborative work, Chicago teacher strikes | News
(KFVS) - Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday has released a statement the collaborative work to help the teaching profession and the Chicago teacher strikes.
"This week I was struck by what is happening in Chicago with the teacher strike, contrasted against the collaborative work going on in Kentucky. Over the past few days, Kentucky was very much focused on elevating the teaching profession. The Prichard Committee has launched a task force to look closely at improving teacher effectiveness. This task force has been charged with looking at teacher preparation, professional development, recruiting and retaining great teachers, and supporting teachers. Hats off to Executive Director Stu Silberman and the task force for looking at these issues in a thoughtful way and engaging teachers in the process."
This week, Holliday said he dropped by to visit the Teacher Advisory Committee and was excited to see the group working hard to develop key recommendations for professional development that he hopes will provide the framework for legislation for the 2013 session.
Holliday said he is also working with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. He said their challenge is to develop key outcome measures for teacher preparation programs, levels of accreditation, public reporting and transparency guidelines.
"The national conversation about teachers and the teaching profession was certainly highlighted through the Chicago teacher strike. One of the key issues leading to the strike was the proposed teacher evaluation system that would include some measure of student performance. In Kentucky, we have been working with teachers and other stakeholders for almost two years to develop a statewide teacher effectiveness system."
Holliday said he is thankful to be in Kentucky and working with stakeholders who believe in collaboration to elevate and improve the teaching profession.
To read the entire statement, you can click here to visit the Kentucky Department of Education online.
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