Teacher Evaluation

Ron Clark: Help your best teachers

Ron Clark speaking at Magna

Photo courtesy of Lifetouch Photography

Schools are like buses. Some teachers are runners; others are joggers and walkers. Then there are riders. “The true problem is the people sitting on the bus,” said Ron Clark. “They drag everyone down.”

Clark, former Teacher of the Year and the founder of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, spoke at the School Leaders Luncheon Saturday at NSBA’s annual conference in Nashville. During his presentation, he moved constantly throughout the room, jumping up on empty chairs and making eye contact with the audience.

Rethinking teacher tenure

A hundred years ago, teachers could be fired for any reason: race, creed, political favoritism, marriage, pregnancy. In the 1920s, some unlucky teachers were terminated for wearing pants.

While no one wants to return to those days, many people believe that the teacher tenure pendulum has swung too far the other way, making it nearly impossible for school districts to terminate ineffective teachers.

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