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Lessons Learned: Overview of Convening
Teams from six states met March 7-8 in Atlanta to learn from experts in teaching quality, get to know one another, sharpen plans for their state projects, and strengthen the work of their teams. View a list of attendees.
Teams from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee shared overviews of their projects at dinner at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens on Sunday evening, March 7.
On Monday, March 8, teams got down to business with an overview of the state of teaching quality, delivered by Barnett Berry, executive director of the Southeast Center for Teaching Quality in Chapel Hill, NC.
“How many of you have encouraged your own kids to teach in public schools? Why not?’ Berry asked the group, and then proceeded to show how teaching quality and retention is directly impacted by working conditions, induction practices and professional development opportunities. (download presentation).
spent most of the morning engaged in working group discussions according
to their project focuses. To view notes from the working groups, click
Mike Watson, BellSouth’s Director – Community Relations and Foundation Vice Chair, shared results of a volunteer survey conducted by the Southeast Center for Teaching Quality and the Teacher Leaders Network. The result gave insight into how teachers and volunteers can work successfully together. download survey results
Watson also moderated a discussion among BellSouth Volunteer leaders from three states, who shared their experiences and plans for incorporating the volunteer component into their state projects. These volunteer leaders included Debbie Reeves (KY), Pat Fabian (SC) and Felicia Burse (MS).
Keith Pounds, consultant to BellSouth on volunteer management, unveiled a new, company-wide, online volunteer management tool that will be launched during National Volunteer Week in April.
Mary Boehm, BellSouth Foundation Executive Director, and Kim Mulkey, Associate Director, discussed proposed frameworks for evaluation and the kinds of data the Foundation wishes to collect throughout the life of the Quality in the Classroom Initiative. The primary goals BellSouth has expressed for the overall initiative will be measured through both state and regional evaluation efforts, the goals include:
Teacher Survey - for review only
The convening ended with an opportunity for grantees to share overall thoughts on what they had learned during the last two days, and what they needed moving forward with their projects: