Student Growth “IT” Matters. Tom Townsend, Superintendent Putnam County School District. Agenda Why we did what we did District Values Questions we explored Sources of Answers Plan of Action Where we are Where we are going. The Perfect Storm Putnam County School District:
Tom Townsend, Superintendent
Putnam County School District
and embarked on a conscious, deliberate process of building a single district culture
#1 influence on student achievement = quality of instruction provided by the teacher
What is ‘IT’ that makes our highly effective teachers so different than our lower performing ones?
Having a good data system is like having a good scale when you’re on a diet.
“End product we created is not what has the most merit, it is the process we went through to get there that is of the most benefit.”
“ . . . sharing with teachers from other schools. We often have time to share with those at our school, but those at other schools we often don't see!”
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.