“'We must focus on getting the right people in the right positions, measure their performance through fair and accurate evaluations, and support them so that they continuously grow and develop, and make data-driven performance decisions so that we have our staff positively impacting student achievement,' said Robert Gaskin, chief of human resources, during a Nov. 21 report to the school board.”
Do they REALLY think that is true or that the quote sounds good to teachers in the district or considering it?
Apparently the Prince George’s school district in Maryland had almost double the expected teacher attrition last year. Teachers reported they left because they were dissatisfied with compensation and growth. This response quote sounds like…
1. They are blaming recruitment and selection for why these teachers left. It is too easy to go there, esp for anyone had been there for more than 6 months and was doing well. If that is case, look at systems and leadership for change.
2. It sounds like they believe that the teachers were incorrect in feeling they wanted more opportunity because their evaluations didn’t call for it. Dismissive, not good.
3. In the end, there will still not be any easy way for a teacher in this district who wants more opportunities to get more opportunities, leaving the only option to leave.
I am beyond bummed by this quote. The market is telling the district what they are doing is not working. This is a great chance for this district to do something extraordinary around teacher recruitment and development and not the status-quo. They still have time to figure it out.