January 22, 2016 Snellville - First grade teacher Christine Ross (left) helps Aryn Scarabin with a math problem during class at Centerville Elementary School in Snellville on Friday, January 22, 2016. Gov. Nathan Deal praised Gwinnett County Public Schools in his State of the State address this month for developing a teacher compensation model that "rewards effectiveness, promotes flexibility and requires accountability." JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL
Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Gwinnett County school system wins award for teacher support

Gwinnett County’s school system is one of eight across the nation being recognized for how administrators support its teachers and principals.

The National Council on Teacher Quality named Gwinnett one of its Great Districts for Great Teachers awards. It is the first time the organization has given out such awards. The awards were announced Tuesday.

The organization initially reviewed 123 school districts and began an 18-month evaluation of data, policies, and teacher input that included over 100 questions. The assessments were in five categories: compensation, professional support, management and operations, career pathways, and support for students.

Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach talked to new teachers in the state's largest district at orientation.
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Gwinnett’s “high teacher satisfaction and enthusiasm for their district in all areas, as reflected in focus groups and survey responses, far exceeds what NCTQ saw in other districts,” the organization said in a statement.

The organization also said Gwinnett scored high in its professional support of teachers and principal development. Gwinnett has a highly-acclaimed program that trains educators to become principals. The school district also holds an annual event where it recognizes a teacher from each school and names one its Teacher of the Year.

 

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