Tuesday June 5, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON -- A team of education administrators from Berkshire Hills Regional School District joined school district, union and school board leaders from 41 states and more than 100 school districts nationwide last month at the 2012 Labor Management Conference in Cincinnati.

The conference served as a venue to allow districts and states to share innovative ideas and successful policies that strengthen the teaching profession, from recruiting new candidates to retaining talent already in the classroom.

"The quality of any school relies on the strength of its educators at the front of the classroom," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a written statement. "Across the country, there are remarkable success stories shaping the next generation of teaching. The goal of this year's conference is to help their colleagues learn from one another and take this work to the next level."

The May 2012 conference, "Collaborating to Transform the Teaching Profession," focused on highlighting innovative approaches -- at both the state and district levels--to improving student achievement by dramatically increasing the stature of the teaching profession and the number of highly effective teachers in our nation's schools.

The Berkshire Hills team of Superintendent Peter Dillon, School Committee Chair Steve Bannon and Berkshire Hills Education Assoc iation President Steve Estelle, presented the district's collaborative work on teacher observation, including the roles of administrator, peer and parent/community observations.

Other state teams participating in the conference came from public school districts of Brockton, Lowell, Plymouth, Quaboag, Springfield, Westfield and a team of leaders representing Massachusetts.

To learn more about the conference and watch presentations, visit http://1.usa.gov/LsgdoN.