The State Board of Education, the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC), and the NC Department of Public Instruction have been developing a draft new teacher licensure system, Pathways to Excellence for Teaching Professionals (Model). This draft model includes proposed changes that, if implemented, will have important implications for North Carolina’s effort to recruit and retain a highly-qualified and diverse teaching workforce in North Carolina.
During the last week of May and the first week of June, the Public School Forum of NC conducted independent research consisting of a series of 7 focus groups with over 120 participants from 57 counties and 15 EPPs across the state to collect, synthesize, and share representative feedback from principals, district leaders (including human resources directors and superintendents), educator preparation programs, board of education members, and others who will be impacted by or responsible for the implementation of the draft Model. In preparation for the sessions, the Forum provided each participant with a video introduction with graphics developed by DPI with Tom Tomberlin explaining the video and a graphic organizer to help participants organize their thoughts about the draft Model.
The questions about Pathways to Excellence for Teaching Professionals to guide the focus group discussions included:
- What do you like?
- What challenges do you see?
- What questions do you have?
- What additional resources will you need to implement this Model?
- How do we fix or change the Model to address the challenges?