Let teachers learn from best, principals urged
Friday, August 28, 2009
By Steve Campbell
The Huntsville Times Staff Writer
Area educators share their ideas at Dynetics seminar
In a tight financial year for Alabama schools, local
principals were given a free tip Thursday to make their
The idea was one of many shared by dozens of principals at
Huntsville, Madison, and Madison County schools who gathered
at Dynetics in Huntsville's Cummings Research Park. The
Schools Foundation, a local school support group, put on the
"Principally Speaking Network" class for school
leaders in all three systems.
Mitzi Dennis, principal at Madison Cross Roads Elementary
School, said the teacher improvement seminar was helpful.
She noted that Alabama schools aren't getting money for
professional development this year from the state due to a
"It's not the money," she said of improving
teachers. "It's all about the focus and how you
Principals were also urged to hire teachers that show strong
interest in education.
The theme of teacher improvement fell in line with another
common concern in American education: Competition.
Principals watched a video reminding viewers of China and
India, countries that are producing bright students at a
fast rate. Those students are taking tough classes in math
and science, which are needed for high-tech jobs.
The video's title, "Two Million Minutes,"
emphasized the approximate number of minutes during four
years of high school and how to make the best academic use
The video reported that 40 percent of American high school
students don't take a science class more challenging
than general biology. Also, more than half of students
don't take a math course beyond two years of algebra
and one year of geometry.
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It sounds obvious, but teachers in need of professional
development can observe the best teachers in their school,
watching how they motivate students and maintain classroom