Educator Champion Awards Celebrated
“We are committed to empowering our teachers and demanding higher standards, greater efficiency and accountability,” said Gopal Daghija, principal at PS/MS 276. Like the public school systems at the other 28 participating schools, PS/MS 276 incorporates teachers into its model.
Rather than make teacher salaries contingent on test scores, the district expects its educators to focus more on making assessments more detailed, precise and useful, said Lenczik. Educators are given instructional coaching, professional development and new teaching aids. “Schools are more willing to share resources,” she said. “As they develop, they’re then able to put the additional resources into their work.”
Lenczik, also the leader of the Florida Department of Education’s Educator Advancement Program, was among eight principals named this year to receive Educator Champion Awards from the American Institutes for Research. The American Institutes for Research conducted the Center for 21st Century Learning Initiative, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Research Center on Teaching and America’s Future. Nearly 7,000 schools and districts across the United States participated in the study.