With a background in education and teacher development, I get pretty pumped every time we get to partner with cool organizations to feature incredible teachers and schools. (See our work with CarolinaCAN, KIPP ENC, Oxford Prep, Maureen Joy Charter School to see what I’m talking about.)
So this year, right at the start of the school year, we partnered with several organizations and lots of teachers across the state of North Carolina to create these videos. We know that standardized testing is controversial. We know that lots of people have lots of different opinions about how often we should use them, what the tests should look like, and how to best hold teachers and students accountable throughout the year. But we also know that teachers individually don’t have a lot of control over these big political questions on the day to day, but are still responsible for creating positive classroom cultures where expectations are high and students are always learning.
So in this collection of videos we chose to focus less on the big picture and more on the individual teachers doing awesome things amidst this controversial testing climate. What are they doing on the day-to-day to ensure their students success? How do they message these tests to students, and how do they use assessments and date to have the largest impact on student success? We’re excited to share these with you, and encourage you to share with any educators in your life!*
*And a HUGE thank you to all these educators for not only doing what they do every day for students, but for being willing to sit down with us and share some insight on their classrooms.