HISD Board of Education Approves Next Step in Effective Teachers Initiative
November 10, 2011 – The Houston ISD Board of Education paved the way Thursday night for the design of new career pathways for highly effective teachers who want to grow professionally and increase their impact on students without pursuing traditional administrative jobs that take them out of classrooms.
The Board approved partnering with the Parthenon Group to analyze data on HISD’s current pay system for teachers and incorporate the best practices from across K-12 education and other industries. Parthenon will also help HISD gather input from a broad array of stakeholder groups, including teachers and parents. The $1.7 million contract with Parthenon will be funded entirely by a 5-year, $31.5 million competitive federal grant that HISD won in 2010.
Developing a new career pathways and differentiated compensation model for teachers is just one of four strategies of HISD’s Effective Teachers Initiative that aims to ensure that every student in the district is taught by an effective teacher. Working with The New Teacher Project, HISD engaged thousands of teachers and community members to create a new teacher appraisal and development system that the Board of Education adopted in the spring. The new system provides teachers more regular feedback and will include student performance data as part of teachers’ evaluations.
In addition to the federal competitive grant, the Effective Teacher Initiative is being funded through a $6 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and a $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
New Magnet Program Policy Postponed
The Board agreed to address creating a new policy governing HISD’s popular magnet schools next month. Magnet schools are designed to offer a high level of academic rigor and specialized themes that attract students from across the city.
The Board also voted to create a new Vanguard magnet program at Frank Black Middle School beginning with the 2012-2013 school year.
HISD Sports Complex Renamed: Delmar-Tusa Athletic Complex
The Board voted unanimously to rename the district’s north-side sports complex the Delmar-Tusa Athletic Complex, located at 1900 Mangum Road.
Joe Tusa is a retired 37-year HISD administrator who was the district’s longest-serving athletic director from 1965 to 1989.
Former HISD Superintendent Billy Reagan and state Rep. Debbie Riddle spoke in favor of the honor for Tusa. Tusa led HISD through the desegregation of its sports teams and into the Title IX era that expanded athletic opportunities for female students.
“I want to thank the coaches we had all those years,” Tusa said. “I want to thank all the people who have been involved in bringing this forward.”