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Kingsport BOE: Region's leaders should 'shadow' school teachers

June 25th, 2011 10:08 am by Rick Wagner

KINGSPORT — Imagine Kingsport City Manager John Campbell, Kingsport Times-News Publisher Keith Wilson and economic developer Richard Venable as secondary school teachers — at least for a day or part of one.

"They need to be in the class room," Kingsport Board of Education member Carrie Upshaw said.

Such job shadowing is one of the ideas school board members discussed at a recent retreat as a way to bring attention to the positives of education, as well as highlight the ever-increasing mandates on education to leaders. It would be a way, school officials said, to help educate folks about education — both the individuals doing the shadowing and the general public through media coverage of the shadowing.

Upshaw this week, in a follow-up interview, said the list might be expanded to include a local Tennessee lawmaker (possibly state Rep. Tony Shipley, a one-time teacher, or Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, a leader of efforts to do away with teacher collective bargaining and change tenure law), as well as representatives of local business and industry and maybe a random member of the public.

The group could take a "pre-test" about what they expected and then a "post-test" on what they actually found, Upshaw said. BOE President Wally Boyd said the idea has "great potential" like the programs in the past where stu dents shadowed BOE and Board of Mayor and Aldermen members for a day.

Read the expanded version of this report in the print edition or the enhanced electronic version of the Kingsport Times-News.

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