Research has shown that great teachers make a huge difference in the lives of their students. Great teachers help their students learn more, grow more, and blossom as individuals.
World class schools recognize the value of great teachers by carefully hiring the best, helping teachers improve their craft through regular peer and expert feedback, thoughtfully measuring teacher performance, recognizing excellent teachers, and rewarding teachers for the positive outcomes they produce in students.
The same applies to principals and senior leaders in administration. We need to hire great leaders, and provide them the resources to succeed and innovate, hold them accountable to achieve district goals, and recognize and reward them when they do.
For both teachers and administrators, we should adjust our human resource systems and pay practices so that we attract, retain, and reward top educators. This is a critical issue for the district in the next several years, because a significant proportion of our teachers will retire in the next 10 years. If we put in place the right practices, UCF will become the employer of choice for great teachers and administrators, and we will see the results in improved student learning.
Measures of Success: Retention of top teachers, hiring selectivity, and overall teacher quality.
Key Next Steps: Modify human resource practices to enhance our ability to identify, attract, retain, and recognize great teachers.