Friday, September 30, 2011
Education Series: The Best Teachers for Our Children
Town Hall - Downstairs | 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle
Registration: 11:30 a.m. | Program: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Register online or call 206-682-7395
Jesse Hagopian, Founding Member, Social Equality Educators; History Teacher, Garfield High School
Erin Jones, Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement, Washington State OSPI
Margit E. McGuire, PhD; Program Director, Master in Teaching Program; College of Education, Seattle University
Tom Stritikus, Dean and Professor in Curriculum & Instruction, University of Washington College of Education
Deborah Wilds, President and COO, College Success Foundation; Co-chair, High School to College Working Group, CCER
Moderator: Phyllis Fletcher, Reporter, KUOW 94.9 FM
Ensuring we have the best teachers for our children is a goal we all agree with, but what combination of traits, training, and evaluation ensures the best path forward? According to the United Way of King County, more than half of Washington's children are not ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten, and many start school as much as two years behind their peers in language and learning skills.
What training can we provide to ensure teachers are prepared for modern challenges? How can we elevate the status of the teaching profession to be sure the pipeline is filled with stellar applicants? Is better compensation the key? How does the traditional gold standard of a master in education degree compare with alternative models? Is there a place for both? What ongoing professional development should be provided to ensure teachers are up to date with the latest trends and are supported to prevent burnout? What are the best benchmarks for teacher evaluation and in deciding who to hire and fire? Join us with your own questions for a frank discussion of one of the most critical and controversial issues facing educational reform.
Thanks to our:
Forum Co-presenting Organizations: Alliance for Education, College Success Foundation, League of Education Voters, University of Washington College of Education, University of Washington College of Social Work, and Stand for Children.