TREND Winter 2017/2018 - Page 27

2018 Gubernatorial Race
• I believe another thing we ’ re doing right is simply setting goals . As my private sector experience has taught me , setting direct , achievable goals gives us a common direction and purpose . We ’ ve set a couple of goals as a state toward which we ’ ve made progress but must continue pursuing , namely :
• Continuing to be the fastest growing state in student achievement so we move into the top 25 in every subject ;
• Investing in teacher salaries – one of several things we need to do to make Tennessee the best place to be a teacher .
• Finishing the Drive to 55 so students and adults are prepared for tomorrow ’ s jobs .
• While it can certainly go too far , having a consistent , stable assessment is crucial for tracking student progress . I support the work that has been done to refine and improve on the assessment process and , as Governor , I will work to continue to improve that process . Teacher feedback will be a critical part of that improvement as we want to continue keeping track of student progress , while making sure that any testing we do is about quality and relevancy , not simply adding bureaucracy . Assessments are an important tool for everyone to use — students , parents , and the teacher — and I will work to ensure it ’ s used in the proper way to truly help our students grow .
In your opinion , what are the top 3 challenges still facing education in Tennessee ?
• Completing the Drive to 55 . For us to reach the goal of having 55 percent of Tennessee ’ s population having some credential past high school by the year 2025 ; we have to find ways to make Tennessee the best place to be teacher . That means teachers need support , more and better communication and input as we continue improving education in Tennessee .
• Moving beyond the traditional idea of K-12 and instead focus on “ K to J ” education — Kindergarten to Job . As Governor , I want to make it a priority to see that every student graduating has the skills and ability to get a high-quality job .
• Supporting the talent pipeline of educators in our state by investing in teachers and working to develop the best principles in the south . Without these two crucial leadership roles — teachers and principals — improving education is impossible .
What are the steps that the state and local districts need to take to address the challenges you identified ? What impact will that have on classroom teachers ?
For us to be successful in any of the areas I outlined in the previous question , we must get serious about making sure we put teachers and school leaders at the center of the conversation around school improvement . At the end of the day , learning happens in the classroom with a caring , trusted , highly effective teacher . If we are truly devoted to putting students first , our efforts to improve education must go hand in hand with proper , effective support and development for our school ’ s teachers .
Any final thoughts you ’ d like to share with our educators ?
Thank you for what you do . Teachers do so much for students – often unheralded . Teachers remain some of the greatest unsung heroes in our society . As Governor , I will work to change that and highlight how you are the key to student success . I look forward to being a part of a growing movement in Tennessee that elevates teaching ; a movement that truly celebrates the critical part teachers will play in the future success of Tennessee . I look forward to working with the more than 65,000 teachers and educators of our state to truly make Tennessee the Smartest State in the South .
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2018 Gubernatorial Race • I believe another thing we’re doing right is simply setting goals. As my private sector experience has taught me, setting direct, achievable goals gives us a common direction and purpose. We’ve set a couple of goals as a state toward which we’ve made progress but must continue pursuing, namely: • Continuing to be the fastest growing state in student achievement so we move into the top 25 in every subject; • Investing in teacher salaries – one of several things we need to do to make Tennessee the best place to be a teacher. • Finishing the Drive to 55 so students and adults are prepared for tomorrow’s jobs. • While it can certainly go too far, having a consistent, stable assessment is crucial for tracking student progress. I support the work that has been done to refine and improve on the assessment process and, as Governor, I will work to continue to improve that process. Teacher feedback will be a critical part of that improvement as we want to continue keeping track of student progress, while making sure that any testing we do is about quality and relevancy, not simply adding bureaucracy. Assessments are an important tool for everyone to use — students, parents, and the teacher — and I will work to ensure it’s used in the proper way to truly help our students grow. In your opinion, what are the top 3 challenges still facing education in Tennessee? • Completing the Drive to 55. For us to reach the goal of having 55 percent of Tennessee’s population having some credential past high school by the year 2025; we have to find ways to make Tennessee the best place to be teacher. That means teachers need support, more and better communication and input as we continue improving education in Tennessee. • Moving beyond the traditional idea of K-12 and instead focus on “K to J” education — Kindergarten to Job. As Governor, I want to make it a priority to see that every student graduating has the skills and ability to get a high-quality job. • Supporting the talent pipeline of educators in our state by investing in teachers and working to develop the best principles in the south. Without these two crucial leadership roles — teachers and principals — improving education is impossible. What are the steps that the state and local districts need to take to address the challenges you identified? What impact will that have on classroom XX\‘܈\HX\ٝ[[[HوH\X\H][Y[H][\]Y\[ۋH]\]\[\X]XZ[œ\HH]XX\[XY\]H[\قH۝\][ۈ\[[\ݙ[Y[ ]H[قH^KX\[\[[H\ܛH]H\[\Y YHYX]HXX\YH\H[H]Y][Y[\ \Yܝ[\ݙHYX][ۂ]\[[[]\YX]H\ܝ[][Y[܈\8&\XX\˂[H[[Y[x&YZH\H]\YX]ܜ•[[H܈][HˈXX\]X܂Y[8$ٝ[[\[Y XX\[XZ[YHوBܙX]\[[\\[\Y]K\ݙ\܋H[ܚ[H][YY[H\HH^HœY[X\ˈHܝ\Z[H\وHܛ[›[ݙ[Y[[[\YH][]]\XX[H[ݙ[Y[][H[X]\Hܚ]X[\XX\[^H[B]\HX\و[\YKHܝ\ܚ[]H[ܙH[ K XX\[YX]ܜو\]H[HXZH[\YHHX\\]H[H] ܈[ܙH[ܛX][ۈX]YH[^H[\ZYۋ[œYۈ\XZ]H[\ZYۈ][\]\X\H\]^HX]H][XY K