Superintendent Peter Gorman today sent the school board a list of "master teachers" who are leading the push to boost effectiveness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
In addition to listing names, schools and positions, the list indicates whether their schools are FOCUS or Title I schools. Both are indicators of high poverty. At schools that receive federal Title I money, at least 75 percent of all students qualify for lunch aid to low-income families. FOCUS schools, which get extra local money, have lower cutoffs that vary by grade level. All Title I schools also get FOCUS aid.
Teachers become "professional development master teachers" (that's the PDMT on the list) one of three ways: They have been recruited to "strategic staffing" schools that Gorman has targeted for improvements. Their classrooms are used as "learning labs" for colleagues. Or they teach courses for other teachers.