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[teacherartexchange] Ways your school honors faculty


Date: Thu Feb 23 2006 - 05:01:36 PST

Hi all,
   I am part of a committee in my school that is looking at the things
we already do to honor teachers and exploring new options. My school
already has quite a few nice perks in place to honor teachers, but we
are looking at the way we award chairs to members of our faculty to see
if there is a way to better communicate the reasons that selected people
are awareded chairs. We are looking at all of the things we do such as
birthday celebrations (once a month for all in that month at a faculty
meeting), casual days, etc. to see if we want to continue all of them,
but also to see what else we might do to spice things up and make life
more fun and rewarding to our faculty on their jobs. I am intrested to
hear from you all about the kinds of things that are happening in your
school to give teachers recognition. These ways can be from the subtle
to the monetary big awards, and from the fun to the serious. I am
excited to be a part of this committee. We had a great time yesterday
as we met for the first time. A lot of brainstorming already took
place. One neat idea was to have a brick pathway or walkway where
teacher's names would be added after a certain amount of time in
employment. Thank you notes to teachers from seniors was a good idea
suggested yesterday (if we can find a way to make them sincere and not a
"job" they have to do before they graduate.) Various forms of sabatical
ideas were tossed around. We know we can't afford to give tenured
people a whole year off to pursue their special interests, but perhaps a
whole week or e or 4 long weekends throughout the year could happen to
a teacher who has worked there for 15 years, again at 20, etc. We are
very fortunate to have a LARGE grant that supports faculty trips in the
summer. They award five teachers a year with these grants. Last year
our upper school art teacher went to India. One teacher went to the
Arctic to conduct research. While these awards encourage teachers to
submit applications for trips that would directly have an influence in
their classrooms, the wording is also such that certain trips that are
simply interesting and refreshing for the teacher could be awarded as
they see that as an enhancement on the teacher's work after such a trip.
I am dreaming of a photo safari somewhere, but not sure where yet. If
any of you have any other wild ideas about places you could go in the
summer in Europe or wherever to make art or study something fantastic,
let me know. These awards are generally in the amount of 3-6,000
dollars each! Anyway, I would love to hear from you about the fun ways
that your school pats their teachers on the back, ways that your school
hears your voices, ways that awards are done in your schools, etc. You
may email me off list if you wish. I will let you know what we come up

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