Teachers, business leaders and students to speak with Superintendent

Teachers, business leaders and students to speak with Superintendent
June 28 09:27 2017 Print This Article

Charleston County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait has three meetings in her listening tour scheduled for this week. She will meet with teachers Wednesday from 3 to 4 pm and meet later that day with business leaders from 6 to 7:30. She will meet with students Thursday from 11 am to 1 pm. All listening sessions will include a public comment period.

The first teachers listening session occurred on June 16, with more than 100 teachers participating. There was a lot of consternation at that meeting, which was called on short notice. West Ashley Middle School teacher Ashley Stoudenmire challenged Postlewait on the teacher evaluation policy, which was changed more than two-thirds into the school year. She asked, “When are you going to apologize to the good teachers who were unfairly evaluated based exclusively on MAP (Measure of Academic Performance) scores and give them a clean slate going into the next school year?”

Other concerns expressed by teachers included the CCSD Progressive Discipline Plan  which has allowed violent students to stay in the classroom, teacher recruitment and retention problems, and the lack of support for first-year teachers and high-poverty schools. Teachers will be able to speak out each Wednesday up to July 26 at the 75 Calhoun St. headquarters building from 3 to 4 pm, with the exception of July 5.

The CCSD website asked teachers concerned with the evaluation system to call the Office of Strategy and Communications office at 843-937-6303. The official teacher evaluation policy is not available in writing and was never approved by the Charleston County School Board.

A listening session for principals was held June 20, when many principals were attending a school administrators conference in Myrtle Beach. The sessions are being moderated by the non-profit group Tri-County Cradle To Career.