Hamilton County Schools' transition team discusses research observations

Hamilton County Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson, lower left, listens to a group of 10 transition team members during a working lunch to discuss ideas to improve the county's schools.

We've got lots of best practice here in Hamilton County. You don't need binoculars to find awesome.

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson's transition team met Thursday morning to discuss its findings as members work on a new strategic plan for the system.

Representatives of smaller groups discussed how schools across the district can benefit from best practices developed and used in other schools.

"We've got lots of best practice here in Hamilton County," said David Steele, co-chairman of the postsecondary readiness sub-group and vice president of policy education for the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. "You don't need binoculars to find awesome."

But, he added, the culture in the Hamilton County school system hasn't been effective at allowing ideas for what works well to spread to other schools across the district.