Training Better Teachers
Over the next seven years, Hillsborough County Schools will spend $202 million to make teachers better at their jobs. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has chipped in $100 million of that -- the largest of four teacher effectiveness grants. The goal is to boost student success; district officials want 60 percent of students to graduate college-ready, rather than the 37 percent that do now. This week: how the money will be spent and what it means in the classroom.
Responding to a interview with Melinda Gates from 2006, Carol Kurdell and Mary Ellen Elia say that the Gates Foundation wants education to be as good as possible, but this grant award doesn’t give the foundation any direct influence on curriculum. (3:27)
Listen to Vicki Phillips, director of education at the Gates Foundation, speaking at the Hillsborough Schools’ Celebration of the grant award Dec. 10. (6:28)
Listen to John Deasy, deputy director of education at the Gates Foundation, speaking at the grant award celebration Dec. 10. (6:34)
Listen to a portion of the speech by Florida Education Commissioner Eric Smith at the grant celebration Dec. 10. (3:13)
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