Parent Teacher Magazine Rowan-Salisbury Schools Sept/Oct 2018 - Page 10

So What Is This Renewal I’m Hearing So Much About? It’s a Beginning… There are many questions about Rowan-Salisbury Schools becoming the first and only district in the state to be designated as a Renewal School System and how this will make our schools better. Folks are hearing that it is a good thing, but not sure what that implies. So, while this is exciting, it is understandable that this ‘unknown’ creates an atmosphere of questioning and uncertainty. More Local Control Simply put, Renewal gives us more local control on how we operate our schools. For years, all traditional public schools in the state have been bound to legislative laws on how districts must spend money, hire teachers, test students, and when to start and end the school year. We will now have the freedom to make these decisions that best serve our children and our communities right here in Rowan County. These flexibilities are already given to charter schools. Teachers are the Expert Leaders Public schools have fallen under the one-size fits all laws that seem to have steered away from empowering teachers in the classroom to provide the instruction that best grows our children. Teachers are the experts, and they will guide the decisions on how Renewal will unfold in Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Teachers will be the leaders, designers, and creators of instruction. Each school in the district has a Teacher-Led Design team. All the teams gathered together on August 16th to learn and train on the Renewal School System framework so they can begin the work at their individual schools. Hiring We will be able to hire teachers outside of the state classification of being highly qualified - with a 4-year teaching degree. First, understand that this means we are increasing