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Educator Effectiveness

Research shows that students respond better to, and learn more from, effective teachers. The NWCC provides technical assistance to build Northwest states’ capacity to help their districts and schools improve student outcomes by supporting effective instruction and leadership.

One component of increasing educator effectiveness is providing “exemplary” feedback and conducting critical conversations. In response to a request from stakeholders in Alaska, we have gathered resources on this topic that other states may also find useful.

Additional resources on a range of topics related to the priority area of educator effectiveness are found below.

Resources

Equitable Access Implementation Playbook


The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders (GTL Center) released a series of publications to assist states as they implement their State Plans to Ensure Equitable Access. The publications include a planning tool, communication guide, policy coherence and alignment guide, and a tool for monitoring...

Leadership Qualities of Effective Principals


Research and practice confirm that there is little chance of creating and sustaining a high-quality learning environment without a skilled and committed instructional leader to shape teaching and learning. In fact, highly effective principals can increase students’ scores up to 10 percentile points...

Intensifying Implementation Support: An Interactive Guide to Successful Teacher Evaluation for Professional Growth


The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders released a guide providing practitioners with information that can be used to refine teacher evaluation implementation. This interactive guide is structured around the five common implementation challenges: Time Communication and Stakeholder Engagement...

The Qualitative Factors that Affect Teacher Distribution


The Northwest Comprehensive Center released a brief exploring what the research says about factors affecting teacher distribution. According to the brief, even though research confirms the link between more effective teachers and higher student achievement (particularly among low-income students),...

The Qualitative Factors That Affect Teacher Distribution


Recent research offers convincing evidence that the teacher is the most important school-level factor in a student’s achievement. What’s more, the contribution of teachers has been shown to be especially important when it comes to the achievement of low-income students, who tend to have fewer...

A Framework for Coherence: College and Career Readiness Standards, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, and Educator Effectiveness


The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders released a brief which outlines a framework for coherence across reform initiatives, suggesting that states have three areas where coherence can be strengthened—creating a shared focus, better instructional supports to students, and enhanced professional...

How Can We Ensure That All Children Have Excellent Teachers?


Public Agenda released a report outlining three broad strategies for ensuring that all children have access to excellent teaching, along with plenty of specifics to reflect on. The U.S. Department of Education has renewed its focus on ensuring that all students—especially those in under-resourced...

2014 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: National Summary


The National Council on Teacher Quality released their annual yearbook on teacher policy. This year’s yearbook focuses on the critical issue of teacher preparation. In addition to updating the full set of teacher preparation policies reviewed in last year’s comprehensive edition, the 2014 Yearbook...

Meeting the Professional Learning Needs of Career and Technical Education Teachers


American Institutes for Research released a brief outlining that states, districts, and teachers identify a need for professional learning that enables Career and Technical Education teachers to help their students meet new standards and respond more effectively to shifts in policy and requirements...

State Educator Equity Profiles


The U.S. Department of Education released State Equity Profiles that provides a summary of key publicly available data and a large data file that brings together several public data sources that a state may consider using in its state plan. The data used in the profiles come from three extant...

Adding Eyes: The Rise, Rewards, and Risks of Multi-Rater Teacher Observation Systems


The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching released a report looking at the design, implementation, and challenges of multi-rater systems in 16 districts.

Principal Walk-Throughs: A Tool for Alaska Instructional Leaders (2010)


Education Northwest developed this document for Alaska principals to support their planning and conduct of regular and systematic walk-throughs of each classroom to observe instruction and student learning. Accompanying materials include several sample walk-through observation tools that support...

State Plans to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators: Frequently Asked Questions


The U.S. Department of Education released draft guidance supporting state educational agencies (SEA) in developing their State Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators, describing the steps it will take to ensure that “poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates than...

Balancing Autonomy and Comparability: State Approaches to Assessment Selection for Student Learning Objectives


The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders released a brief identifying four common approaches to assessments that prioritize teacher autonomy and comparability to different degrees. The brief discusses the benefits and drawbacks of each approach and includes examples from the field. The GTL Center...

Guidelines for Observing Teacher Practice in Chicago


Teach +Plus developed these guidelines to help Chicago Public Schools (CPS) improve outcomes for urban children by ensuring that a greater proportion have access to effective, experienced teachers.

Profiles of Teachers’ Professional Performance Ratings


NWCC developed a set of profiles to demonstrate differences between what an observer sees in the classroom and how he or she writes about it on a teacher evaluation form.

Framework for Effective Teaching: A Guidebook for Teachers and Administrators 2014–2015


Newark Public Schools and other districts have developed rubrics that clearly and simply convey the value of constructive and supportive feedback to teachers as a vehicle for professional development.

Fixing Classroom Observations: How Common Core will Change the Way We Look at Teaching


This report provides guidance on implementing professional conversations in the context of a streamlined observation system for highest impact on teacher effectiveness and student success. A big-picture analysis, it addresses critical issues around classroom observation in the context of the Common...

Teacher Evaluation: What’s Fair? What’s Effective?


This Education Leadership article by Charlotte Danielson gives an overview of the basic characteristics of an effective observation system that provides the information necessary to conduct concrete, actionable feedback conversations. These characteristics are relevant regardless of the specific...

Preparing Educators for Evaluation and Feedback: Planning for Professional Learning


The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders released a training module for regional comprehensive centers and states presenting information and activities on high-quality professional learning approaches that prepare evaluators, educators, and district leaders for implementing evaluation systems....