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Multi-Faceted Approach to Change

In order to train, retain, and support the world-class teacher we need to look at the multi-faceted question and realize that there is not one answer. First, there is the established teacher that is comfortable with transparency, that embraces an open culture of sharing and collaboration. This teacher must be celebrated and retained with proper compensation and support. The new teacher, as well as the established teacher, requires support in terms of PD and timely feedback to reflect, grow, and adapt to the ever changing climate and culture of education. Next, the talented educator, that is hoped to be attracted to the profession, must observe both a profession that is both highly acclaimed and financially rewarded as such. So much attention is focused on the educator that I fear we have lost focus on the need for administrative collaboration. Teachers need timely and ongoing feedback to grow. Observations, both formal and informal, peer and administrative, are meant to develop the teacher and bolster the profession with high standards and reflective performance meant to help our students thrive, not survive, in the 21st century. The educational community needs to work together with the global community to appropriate funds toward retaining and recruiting quality teachers in a manner that reflects the level of importance of our profession for our critical role in society, past, present and future.

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