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What teachers want in a new Florida education commissioner



Since being named Florida's 2010 teacher of the year, Hillsborough teacher Megan Allen has tirelessly worked publicly and behind the scenes to improve the lot of Florida teachers.

She has served on former governor Charlie Crist's Race to the Top task force, as well as advised the likes of incoming House speaker Will Weatherford.

Now she's been conferring with colleagues to put together a wish list for the type of person the Florida Board of Education might hire as its next commissioner, which Allen calls a "monster job opening" in her latest blog post. Her top three:

1. Who has relevant and recent teaching experience. In a public school. Who understands the complexities of learning and teaching and has done it successfully.

2. Who is not afraid to dive “into the trenches” and is visible out of the office and in our classrooms. 

3. Who has chutzpah. Someone with a backbone to stand up for students, regardless of what is popular or what a political party might say. Who knows and understands that teachers are the most valuable assets we have in propelling public education forward. Someone who sees teachers as the solution, not the problem (Can I get an “amen?”). 

Read the rest of her list here. Then compare with the board's job description and the ideas from a coalition of parent and civic groups. Which criteria do you think matter most?

[Last modified: Thursday, September 13, 2012 6:30am]


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