ERIC Number: ED207140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
What School Boards Can Do to Improve Teacher Competency.
Owen, Sam A.
Citing examples from a successful district improvement plan used in Greensville County, Virginia, this paper lists and explains ways a school board can improve teacher competence. After warning that measures that work in one school district may not work in others, the author suggests that school boards should set high district standards, insist on highly competent school board members, district personnel, and superintendents, provide leadership and necessary personnel and financial support, work to stop the erosion of school board power, and give administrators the authority needed to do their jobs. In addition, school boards must establish the qualifications and qualities desired of teachers, effectively evaluate teachers (rewarding the best and firing the worst), ensure there is no racial, sex, or ethnic discrimination in the district, encourage the development of inservice training programs, establish and support instructional objectives, promote high morale among teachers, provide necessary basic and supplementary materials, evaluate instruction through standardized and criterion referenced tests, and fight to ensure adequate teacher compensation in the form of salaries and benefits. In sum, a school board should determine what needs to be improved in the system and do what is needed to improve it. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Greensville County School District VA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National School Boards Association (41st, Dallas, TX, April 11-14, 1981). For a related document, see EA 013 846.