About 100 teachers gathered yesterday at Graylyn Conference Center to reflect on what they’ve learned in their roles as “teacher-leaders” in Star3 schools.
Star3 is the program supported by a $19.6 million federal grant given to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in 2010. The program is measuring what effect incentive pay and comprehensive teacher support has on student achievement.
Teacher-leaders provide additional support to teachers in the 15 schools that are in the program. Yesterday, they listened to what each other had learned in their roles and discussed what could be applied in other schools.
For example, second-grade teacher Laura Bilton spoke about how Old Town Elementary has used SMART goals: goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound.
Bilton said these incremental goals help students to larger successes. She pointed to a photo of her data wall to show its impact on students. The wall is full of photos showing where students are at the beginning of the year, and where they had progressed by the middle of the year. In just four months, it’s easy to see how many students have moved to higher-scoring levels.
Graylyn’s walls were full, too – decorated from one end to the other with posters created by the teacher-leaders showing the effects of Star3.
For more information about the Star3 program, visit http://www.wsfcs.k12.nc.us/Domain/6318.