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Knowing is half the battle

Jonathan Travers participated in a break-out session, “Matching Students’ Needs with Teachers’ Strengths” at the Strategic Data Project’s 2012 Spring Convening, Beyond the Numbers: The Power of Analytic Leaders this past week. Here’s Jonathan’s summary of the session:

“Our break-out session showcased the work that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) has done to help principals make strategic decisions about teacher placement and ERS work with CMS informing their resource decisions. Specifically, we looked at how CMS created transparency into questions of teacher assignment:

How are our most effective and novice teachers distributed across schools?

How are our most effective and novice teachers distributed within schools?

But as the expression goes…knowing is half the battle. So we also covered what I see as the big so what: What do district and school leaders need to do to maximize the value of the teachers they’ve got at the district and school level? We shared what we’ve learned about districts that have been successful in attracting top talent to their neediest schools as part of a school turnaround strategy. We also talked about the specific within-school assignment decisions that school leaders make and what that means for (a) the type of data that needs to be brought to bear for principals and (b) the team configurations and broader school designs that strategic teacher assignment enable and require.

Click here for session description and background materials.

Congrats and thanks to Jon Fullerton, Sarah Glover and all the folks at SDP for a great conference!

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