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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.


Research Evidence on Strategies Used To Improve Teacher Quality

Billions of dollars are spent on strategies to improve teacher quality in the U.S., but which ones have the most impact on student achievement? Based on a request by one state seeking assistance to make informed decisions about which investments are indeed the most effective, NWCC staff conducted...

Improving School Leader Preparation: Collaborative Models for Measuring Effectiveness

How are states supporting principal preparation programs in measuring and using program results to build a strong principal pipeline? The brief highlights how states currently measure school leader preparation program effectiveness and explores new collaborative models for continuous program...

Preparing Teachers for the Common Core: Aligning Preparation Program Curricula

The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders released a brief answering the question: How are states aligning teacher preparation program curricula to the Common Core State Standards?

Evaluating Teachers with Classroom Observations: Lessons Learned in Four Districts

The Brown Center on Education Policy released a report highlighting how existing teacher evaluation systems are performing and in what practical ways they might be improved. The report examines the actual design and performance of new teacher evaluation systems in four urban school districts that...

What the Research Says About Class Size; Professional Development; and Recruitment, Induction, and Retention of Highly Qualified Teachers

States and districts have the flexibility to creatively use Title II, Part A funds to address teacher quality issues. Currently, three strategies predominate—class size reduction, professional development, and recruitment, induction, and retention of highly qualified teachers. Each strategy is...

Attaining Equitable Distribution of Effective Teachers in Public Schools

The Center of American Progress released a report exploring shifts in policy and practice and explores a range of state policy levers that can be used to improve the overall quality of the educator workforce as a larger strategy to ensure that all students have access to effective teachers....

How States Use Student Learning Objectives in Teacher Evaluation Systems: A Review of State Websites

REL Northeast & Islands released a report on the use of student learning objectives (SLOs) in teacher evaluation systems in 30 states. The report aims to inform state and local policymakers engaged in creating or supporting the development of teacher evaluation systems that include SLOs.

Using Teacher Evaluation Data to Inform Professional Learning

The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) released a module delving into practical approaches for using evidence and ratings gathered through performance evaluation to inform professional learning for teachers. In this module, participants will: Learn how teacher evaluation data are...

How Are Early Childhood Teachers Faring in State Teacher Evaluation Systems? CEELO Policy Report

Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) released a brief providing state leaders and technical assistance providers with information on the design and requirements of teacher evaluations systems for early childhood teachers in selected states. The brief discusses the approach each state...

Cultivating Talent Through a Principal Pipeline: Principal Training and Support in Six School Districts

The Wallace Foundation released a report describing early results of Wallace’s Principal Pipeline Initiative, a multi-year effort to improve school leadership in six urban school districts. The report describes changes in the six districts’ practices to recruit, train, and support new principals....

Alternative Routes to Teaching: What Do We Know About Effective Policies?

The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders released a brief highlighting one policy area that governors, state legislatures, and state education agencies consider when weighing options for strengthening teacher pipelines: alternative routes to teaching. To help inform state-level deliberations...

Strategies for Building Rural School District Capacity to Implement Reform: An Annotated Bibliography

The Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center released an annotated bibliography covering the topics: Implementing Best Practices Recruiting and Retaining Teachers Developing Policy and Building Partnerships Increasing Economies of Scale and Fiscal Capacity

Trends in Teacher Evaluation: How States are Measuring Teacher Performance

The Center for Public Education (CPE) released a paper outlining how different states have taken different approaches to developing and implementing teacher performance systems.

21st Century Educators: Developing and Supporting Great Career and Technical Education Teachers

The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) released a brief offering insight into three human capital management policies that are critical for career and technical education (CTE) teachers; certification, performance evaluation, and professional development.

Teaching the Whole Child: Instructional Practices That Support Social-Emotional Learning in Three Teacher Evaluation Frameworks

The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders released a brief identifying the instructional practices that promote student social-emotional learning, which in turn are critical for student academic learning and showcasing how three popular professional teaching frameworks embed practices that...

Leadership and Lattices: New Pathways Across the Teaching Profession

The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders has released a brief highlighting cross-sector research, seven existing teacher leadership programs, and three useful strategies for developing teacher-leader programs, including ideas for state education agencies for supporting new career pathways for...

Student Learning Objectives Resource Library

The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders has created a resource library of Student learning objectives (SLOs). SLOs are emerging as one measure to assess teachers' contributions to student growth in educator evaluation systems. To support states and districts in developing and implementing SLOs,...

Inclusive Design: Building Educator Evaluation Systems that Support Students with Disabilities

The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders published a brief to provide states with considerations, resources, and state and district case studies about including teachers of students with disabilities and specialized instructional support personnel within performance evaluation systems. All...

Lacking Capacity? How to Work Smart in Teacher Evaluation

In response to a request for information on how states are addressing capacity challenges, such as dealing with the challenge of performing multiple observations for teachers, the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) released a brief highlighting emerging strategies from policymakers...

Our Responsibility, Our Promise: Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession

CCSSO has released a report outlining a set of recommendations for revamping the preparation and licensure of both teachers and principals.