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TNTP Re-imagine Teaching

TNTP and The Education Trust Co-Host Panel on Equitable Access

April 02, 2014
In order to close the achievement and opportunity gaps for the nation’s highest-need students, it’s essential that states and districts eliminate educational disparities by giving all students access to top teachers. While many states have made significant progress toward more meaningful teacher evaluation systems, far fewer have ensured that the neediest students are being taught by teachers with proven records of effectiveness. 
The webinar shared expertise from district leaders at the Houston Independent School District and District of Columbia Public Schools, who have invested significant resources into improving recruiting and staffing practices, teacher evaluations, and professional development offerings while also helping their top teachers build long, successful careers in high-need schools.
Through the strategies highlighted by our panelists, participants will gain insights about practical tools and systems that districts can use to ensure that all students – regardless of zip code – have consistent access to effective teachers. 
Panelists included:
  • Dr. Terry Grier, Superintendent, Houston Independent School District (HISD)
  • Dr. Rodney Watson, Chief Human Resources Officer, HISD
  • Jason Kamras, Chief of Human Capital, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)
  • Scott Thompson, Deputy Chief of Human Capital for Teacher Effectiveness, DCPS
  • Sonja Brookins Santelises, vice president for K-12 policy and practice, The Education Trust
  • Crystal Harmon, Vice President, Performance Management, TNTP

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About TNTP

TNTP believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. A national nonprofit founded by teachers, we help school systems end educational inequality and achieve their goals for students. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning. Since 1997, we’ve partnered with more than 200 public school districts, charter school networks and state departments of education. We have recruited or trained more than 50,000 teachers, inspired policy change through acclaimed studies such as The Widget Effect (2009) and The Irreplaceables (2012), and launched one of the nation’s premiere awards for excellent teaching, the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice. Today, TNTP is active in more than 30 cities.