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Director of Schools Dykes among ‘architects of change’

With all the changes in the curriculum in the state of Tennessee, children will be more challenged than ever in the coming years to meet tough new standards.
Teachers will be equally challenged to learn new techniques. The educational system in Tennessee is evolving, seeking to become a model, one that is envied and copied by other states throughout the nation. All of that must start with teacher education and the way prospective teachers are trained will be deeply affected.
At the heart of these changes is the Tennessee State Board of Regents. The TBR has developed the Tennessee Teaching Quality Initiative which recommends five areas of focus to address teaching quality issues in Tennessee: Knowledge Base, Characteristics, Professionalization of Teaching, Modeling and Mentoring.
The vision of TQI as stated on the Tennessee Board of Regents website is straightforward – there will be increased student learning through improved teaching quality. 
Washington County Director of Schools Ron Dykes is one of several educational leaders chosen for a TBR task force who will become the architects of a policy for change – a plan which will study and then reconstruct the ways teachers are trained.
Dykes has gone on record saying that there is too much emphasis being put on the results of standardized tests and the subsequent evaluation of teachers based upon those results.
But at the same time, he has acknowledged a need to intensify the curriculum in order to give graduating Washington County students a more competitive edge in the workplace. And he is quick to praise the “teaching professionals of the system,” who he says are more than up to the task of effecting necessary change.
His statements would lead one to think that he probably agrees with a statement made years ago by President John F. Kennedy: “There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”
Dykes’ common sense understanding of the business community, paired with years of experience and knowledge of educational development, should serve him well as he weighs in on the massive task of teacher education overhaul.