Friday, September 7, 2012

Teachers - Incentives - Persistence

Teachers Are Key
Incentives Work
Persistence Pays

That is the simple mantra of Mr. Peter O'Donnell who funded the O'Donnell Foundation. They created the AP training and incentive program and the Laying the Foundation program to transform teaching and schools. Yesterday was the kick-off in Dallas and I was lucky enough to attend and participate.

It was incredible - teachers came up to Mr. O'Donnell to thank him for what he has done for their teaching practice and their students. It was truly inspiring.

But words cannot explain as well as the big picture - 25 African-American and Hispanic students passed an AP exam in Math, Science and English in 1994. In 2012 there were 1,356 passing scores. 

It was a great day for teachers and students and it is why we love our jobs.