Superintendent Durkin convenes Teacher Advisory Groups to amplify teacher voice in district initiatives
Educators across grade levels and disciplines selected to meet regularly with the Superintendent
New Bedford, MA - Superintendent Pia Durkin has established two new Teacher Advisory Groups (TAG) for the New Bedford Public Schools.
Dozens of teachers, some recommended by principals and others identified by Dr. Durkin herself, will serve on the two groups - one representing elementary and middle schools, and the other representing high schools.
established the groups in order to amplify the voice of teachers in district decision-making.
The educators represent a broad cross-section of subject areas and grade levels across the district.
In the first K-8 TAG meeting held last month, 44 teachers were invited to participate.
The high school group, which will focus largely on implementation of the Turnaround Plan for New Bedford High School, will begin meeting at the start of the school year.
"It is critical for the voices of classroom teachers to be heard," said Dr. Durkin
"These are the men and women who work directly with our students every day.
They understand better than anyone the challenges and opportunities we face."
will meet at least quarterly over the course of the school year and provide feedback on major initiatives, such as the District Accelerated Improvement Plan (AIP) and modifications to the District Assessment Calendar.
Dr. Durkin, as well as new Chief Academic Officer Jason DeFalco and other district leaders, will participate in TAG meetings to speak with teachers about district improvement efforts, and to hear their questions, concerns, and ideas.