There are plenty of new things for students at the start of a school year--new friends, new subjects, new classrooms.
But teachers in the District of Columbia will also face something they've never faced before: a "Teaching and Learning Framework," unveiled Monday by Mayor Adrian Fenty and DCPS Schools' Chancellor Michelle Rhee.
"There are three major components to the framework. They are: Plan, Teach, and Increase Effectiveness," said Rhee.
She says for the first year, professional development will focus on the "teach" aspect of the framework. She says the framework will also be the basis for a new teacher evaluation system scheduled to roll out in mid-September.
The framework took more than a year to develop.
"We conducted more than 100 focus groups with educators and teachers over the past year to find out what they needed," Rhee said.
George Parker, president of the Washington Teachers Union, says he supports the new framework, but worries that teachers will be evaluated before they have time to learn it.
Jonathan Wilson reports...