Executive Summary

Dr. Jim McIntyre

Please describe a little about yourself.

I am the Knox County Schools Superintendent here in Tennessee. Previously, I was with the Boston Public Schools for 11 years where I was chief operating officer and budget director. I began my career as a teacher.

What would be your strategic goals related to teacher evaluation?

One major strategic goal would be to have an evaluation system that will actually help teachers improve, be developmental and connected to teacher work, and that provides a roadmap to great 

It is important for teachers to hear from me, as the superintendent, and for me to hear from them. The teacher town hall meetings have been very powerful and productive.
 

instruction for teachers work. The good news is that Tennessee has been doing all of those things.

Do you have any thoughts on the public policy changes in Tennessee?

If you look at the four or five major changes in Tennessee, it is pretty incredible. The first change was to raise academic standards for students. We had some of the lowest standards in the country and went to some of the highest standard in the country in 2 years. Two, we greatly increased the frequency of the evaluation. Three, we changed our compensation model to be more incentive based. Four, we reformed tenure, based on law that was passed this spring. Finally, we moved to collaborative conferencing away from collective bargaining.

That’s an incredible amount of change. Can you speak about some of the change management strategies you are doing at the district level?

Absolutely. This has been incredibly important for us to communicate. Change has created uncertainty and the antidote to that is to provide information. We’ve done a variety of things: (1) a great amount of training around the teacher evaluation model, (2) communications like email, video, and other media, (3) teacher town hall meeting. We have had four town hall meeting. It is important for teachers to hear from me, as the superintendent, and for me to hear from them. The teacher town hall meetings have been very powerful and productive. We tried to reach out to teachers both for feedback and also to remind ourselves why we are doing this, to improve instruction in our classroom and providing every child with an outstanding education.What are the key lessons that you can draw from your reform efforts?

●      Recognize that we are a people business and our success is built on building and supporting human capital, so that we deliver a great education to our children.

●      Communication is key to successful implementation.

●      Having a good policy environment and the will to use that policy to have effective change.

 

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