2016 Innovation Lab

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 2016 Excellence Education Innovation Lab Recap

Watch the keynote speeches and engaging videos on preparing PK-12 teachers for excellence.

Check out the Facts & Figures and recent studies on teacher recruitment and retention.

Ignite. Inspire. Innovate.

Daniel Weisberg

Daniel Weisberg

 “When you lose an outstanding teacher, chances are on average; you’re going to have to hire 11 more teachers before you find one as good as the one you have lost.” – Daniel Weisberg

To view Daniel’s speech click here

 View Daniel’s PowerPoint

Abigail Smith

Abigail Smith

“Leaders simply do not have time to dig in with their teachers to give them the on-the-job support that they so rightly deserve.”- Abigail Smith

To view Abigail’s speech click here

View Abigail’s PowerPoint on how we might redefine PK-12 teacher roles and school leadership models.

Matthew Springer

Matthew Springer

“We need to find a better way to respond to labor market realities and reward and recognize our highest performers.” – Matthew Springer

To view Matthew’s speech click here

 View Matthew’s PowerPoint on how we might offer teachers a pathway to a more adequate salary.

Lisette Partelow

Lisette Partelow

Teach Strong is a campaign that aims to modernize and elevate the teaching profession.”- Lisette Partelow

To view Lisette’s speech click here

View Lisette’s PowerPoint

Andy Baxter

Andy Baxter

“As we think about the solutions to the teacher recruitment challenge- think about whether that thing is a tip of the iceberg solution, or if it’s at the root level of what’s going on.” – Andy Baxter

To view Andy’s speech click here

View Andy’s PowerPoint on how we might inspire the best and brightest high school students from across North Carolina to teach in their home communities?

Lance Rougeux

Lance Rougeux

“This is what a profession is; we can sit and talk while learning from each other. I am not expected on my first day to know the same thing as someone who has 20 years of experience.”- Lance Rougeux

To view Lance’s speech click here

 View Lance’s PowerPoint


Facts & Figures Guide to Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Innovations Lab-Teacher Recruitment and Retention Fact Booklet