Our community has a shared obligation to work toward a brighter future for our city. By listening to the voices of our teachers and their thoughts on the superintendent search process, we demonstrate our commitment to making Jacksonville a city where all students can receive the knowledge and skills to become responsible, contributing citizens.
We asked our 177 school-level Teachers of the Year to give input on the personal and professional characteristics that they would like to see in our new superintendent. It is important to note that these responses may not represent our community as a whole, and the data should be not be analyzed as such. This is data from a very specific population of highly successful teachers in Duval County. These teachers represent a very important population, and we value their input as experts in the field.
Overall, the feedback from the 2018 Teachers of the Year made it clear that they believe that their voice and expertise should be heard and valued by our incoming superintendent.
*These seven priorities were chosen because they were the priorities that were identified by approximately 400 community members during the 2017 One by One Convention held in Jacksonville.
To rank the top three priorities identified by the teachers, we summed the percentage of respondents that chose each response as one of their top three priorities. The top three priorities chosen by the teachers are: (percentages represent the sum of teachers who chose the response as one of their top three priorities):
Given that the respondents to this survey were our Teachers of the Year, we anticipated that the “attraction and retention of high-quality teachers” would be near the top of the list for most of the participants. The 2018 Duval County Teachers of the Year confirmed our hypothesis by overwhelmingly choosing this as their top priority for our next superintendent.
The teachers were asked in an open-ended response question to tell us about the personal characteristics they would like to see in the next superintendent.
The most popular response to this question was that our next superintendent relates to teachers, respects the opinions of teachers and understands the work that teachers do. Over 42 percent of the respondents reported a variation of this idea as very important to them.
There were two terms that were often used in this open-ended response item: understanding was used by 16 percent of the respondents, and integrity was used by 13 percent of the teachers.
The following selection of quotes is representative of responses to this question:
The Teachers of the Year were also asked an open-ended response about the professional experience that they would like our next superintendent to have.
Not surprisingly, the most common response included a desire for him or her to have spent time as a classroom teacher and/or as an administrator. Eighty percent of the teachers explicitly mentioned in their responses that our next superintendent should have spent time as a classroom teacher, and 35 percent explicitly mentioned experience in school administration. Many teachers opined that the classroom experience should not be minimal, and some even mentioned a number of years, ranging from 5 - 15 years.
The following selection of quotes is representative of responses that we received to this question:
Our next superintendent will shape the future of public education in Jacksonville. So, let’s work together to make sure that our voices are part of the conversation determining the qualities of our next superintendent.
What do you want to see in our next superintendent? You can fill out the district’s survey here to share your thoughts! For any questions about the Teacher of the Year survey or the corresponding data, please contact Zak Champagne at email@example.com.