Julee Becker, Superintendent, Slaton Independent School District, Texas
"TAP has made a difference in our profession because it has given teachers the opportunity to self-reflect based on best practices. It's about evaluation, but it's all about teacher evaluation of themselves."
Joe Barlow, Director of Schools, Jackson County School District, Tennessee
"The TAP System makes a difference in teaching and learning. It focuses all efforts toward the child, and that's what it should be about."
Chris Coffelt, Superintendent, Central Decatur Community School District, Iowa
"TAP has made a tremendous difference in our school district because it's brought us together, not just as a team but as a school community. Our focus on developing teachers, on impacting and improving instruction, and on helping kids learn has just been incredible."
Betsy Hargrove, Superintendent, Avondale Elementary School District #44, Arizona
"There are very few other initiatives out there that allow teachers to give feedback to teachers in a structured way. Then you set up a culture where anyone can give feedback to each other because feedback is accepted, appreciated and the norm in our schools—rather than the negative or something to get defensive about."
Kevin R. George, Superintendent, St. John the Baptist Parish Public School System, Louisiana
"Before TAP, we had a lot of moving pieces. TAP has allowed us to bring everything together and given us a single focus. TAP has given our principals and instructional leaders the ability to take their teachers and guide them from where they are to where they need to be."
Latatia Johnson, Instructional Supervisor, Ascension Public Schools, Louisiana
"TAP created a culture where we can take risks to improve student achievement. We know our teachers can increase their instruction, and that improvement increases student achievement. Improved practice leads to new opportunities for our schools overall."
Traci Lust, Executive Master Teacher, Saydel Community School District, Iowa
"TAP gives us a process for taking an action, assessing it and revising it based on results, all the while staying on that theme and not losing focus."
Molly Schwaiger, Academic Director, Partnership Academy, Minnesota
"Now that we have TAP structures in place and we have mentor and master teachers, we're really able to drive growth and have purpose. It feels like every day you come to work, you can really make a difference for kids."
Colleen Bergren, Principal, Scott Middle School, Indiana
"TAP has allowed our school to flourish as far as instructional practices for teachers. It's allowed our students to demonstrate their knowledge in unique ways. It's allowed for our teachers to utilize the best practices that they learn through cluster, trainings and the coaching of their master and mentor teachers."
Mindy Searcy, District Executive Master Teacher, Cross County School District, Arkansas
"TAP encourages school leaders and teachers to reflect on best practices and to continuously strive to become more effective for their students. Because of the support provided by the master and mentor teachers, the observation process, and the participation in the weekly cluster meetings, everyone is working toward common goals specifically to meet the needs of our students while at the same time increasing the quality of their instruction. TAP provides the blueprint that every school needs to make improvements and to be successful."
Shaneka Burnett, Master Teacher, Duplessis Primary School, Louisiana
"TAP has given us an opportunity to better support teachers. Because we have masters and mentors, we are able to provide follow-up and support to the teachers in what we are doing in clusters and in their areas of refinement. Teachers are able to get multiple visits of support throughout the week to help whatever their needs are."
Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education
"Good teachers often don't get the recognition that they deserve, and I'm hopeful that programs like TAP can help change that. TAP is a powerful example of what can be done when strong classroom teaching is the focus of efforts."
John B. King Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Education
"The TAP community has played a special role. You are shining a light on what's possible for students when we invest in quality instruction and support the development of teachers and leaders."
Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education
"High-quality teachers are critical to accelerating student achievement. TAP provides teachers and principals with the resources to grow individually and collectively as a school, ultimately benefiting our students."
Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education
"TAP lets teachers move up a career ladder while staying in their classrooms. Each year, teachers have the opportunity to improve their skills and take on more responsibilities. The program also rewards teachers who make a real difference in the classroom by improving student performance. When we treat teachers better, students perform better."
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