Education Week - May 17, 2017 - 27
TOP SCHOOL JOBS's CAREER CORNER
Randolph Public Schools
Commitment to recruit and
retain a diverse workforce
Randolph, resting 10 miles south of Boston, has over 32,000
residents. One of the most diverse communities in the state
of Massachusetts, it has award winning students and a
recent Milken Educator Award winner. Our population of
over 3,000 students represents 45 countries, speaking 40
languages and dialects including Haitian-Creole, Spanish
Vietnamese, and Russian.
We have four pre-K-5 elementary schools, one 6-8 middle
school and one 9-12 high school with an enrollment of
approximately 800 students. As a whole, our students'
growth on the MCAS has outpaced the state with
tremendous growth over the past several years. We are on
the move positively.
Student performance on Advanced Placement exams
continues to be a point of pride. The recent graduates were
accepted into more than 100 colleges and universities.
We continue to use MCAS/ PARCC and other normative
benchmark assessments to measure our successful progress.
TeachPoint is used to document educator observations.
Prospective Teachers of Diverse Cultures and Color are
in Critical Need. Anticipated Content Areas are (Math,
ELA, Science, STEM, Special Education, ESL/SEI, World
Languages and Global Studies) and diverse, experienced
Administrators are strongly encouraged to apply for current
To learn more about RPS, visit the link to watch the
Starting Something New: Taking a Fresh Approach
to Child Care Teacher Preparation
I was so close to retiring, I was shopping for RVs when
an amazing opportunity to take part in creating a meaningful, hands on experience-based learning curriculum
for underserved child care teachers changed my mind.
As passionate as I am about providing care and positive
experiences for young children, I am even more passionate about providing teachers with the support and tools
they need to provide a rich environment for early learning experiences. Child care teachers work incredibly
hard both physically and emotionally for little monetary
benefit, while showing heroic dedication and commitment to this most precious population.
As the coordinator for the CDA Enhanced Experience,
offered by Agenda for Children in New Orleans, I worked
to develop one of the first ever Early Childhood Ancillary
Certificate Programs in Louisiana. This teacher preparation program provides an innovate approach to train and
certify child care teachers in Louisiana. I couldn't pass
up an opportunity to make a contribution to this initiative
benefiting a group of people I have come to know, love
and respect deeply for their untiring commitment to making a difference in the lives of young children and families.
This has been the most rewarding and creative experience in my career. I have been able to tap into my years
of experiences in early childhood centers and classrooms as teacher, director, coach and mentor. It was
challenging to overcome some of the myths and stereotypes of what professional development for child care
teachers should be. Our vision was that teachers should
experience learning the way we want young children to
be taught, with love, nurturing, patience, and deep respect for their uniqueness and capabilities. Based on
the CDA competency standards, we tied in CLASS Domains and Dimensions, TS GOLD Goals for Development and Learning, Environmental Rating Scales, and
Louisiana's Birth to Five Early Learning Standards.
Whew! We provided information through discussions
embedded with open ended questions on-site job embedded assessment, coaching, and feedback; modeled
activities and provided material resources.
This first year has been a whirlwind for candidates as
well as instructors. Relationships were built, meals
shared, songs were sung, and props were made and
demonstrated, pictures taken. It went so fast, we worried that this model wasn't working until during coaching
visits and small group professional learning circles we
noticed teachers practicing strategies learned in class
and speaking with developmentally appropriate language. Wow! What more could we ask for? They are on
their way to becoming more successful, confident teachers, benefiting countless children and families in the future.
The key to our success has been the ability to remain
flexible to the needs of our community of teachers. As
we are finishing up this first group of CDA candidates, we
are busy planning for the next two groups of teachers as
well as those entering the field down the road. A viable
and sustainable program must meet the needs of the
population it serves. We research the needs of our community by surveying teachers and directors. As teachers
grow and learn, needs change and we aim to be proactive in meeting those changing needs.
For me, this program is another beginning. The Winnebago will have to wait. There are activities to design,
materials to craft, learning strategies to explore and lessons to experience. We are busy enrolling the next
group of teachers gifted with a love and a calling to care
for and work with young children and their families.
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