For years, states have taken the lead on transforming teacher preparation and will continue to do so as state chiefs, their SEA leaders and higher education partners review and submit comments on the regulations released today. It was almost two years ago-December 2012-that CCSSO published Our Responsibility, Our Promise and states committed to take real action to make sure every teacher and principal arrives at school with the skills and knowledge they need to prepare students for college and careers. Thanks in large part to your efforts through SCEE, we've have already seen significant progress since the report's release as at ..
Oftentimes, the hardest part of a project is getting started. This is certainly true for me with my doctoral studies (and housework). As I think about our state members and all of the ways we've prepared ourselves to help you, my advice to states in planning to develop your equity plans is to begin by reading the FAQs released by the U.S. Department of Education this week. The FAQs are attached for your convenience. My second step would be to begin gathering data. Once you have your data, use the Data Review Tool to help you begin your analysis. Let ..
Equitable Access Toolkit to Support States in Planning to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators
The Center for Great Teachers and Leaders released the Equitable Access Toolkit today to support states in developing their State Plans to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators. CCSSO is a partner of the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders. We have been working to help prepare these resources for states.
You'll find a sample equity plan toolkit, stakeholder engagement guide, data review tool, root-cause analysis workbook, and a guide with resources and strategies. A sample state plan is forthcoming.
Please make sure that your Educator in Residence knows who on your staff will be leading this work. We are here ..
AMPLIFYING THE TEACHER LEADER VOICE: HOW TEACHERS OF THE YEAR ARE IMPACTING POLICY AND PRACTICE AT THE STATE LEVEL
How are our state teachers of the year making a difference in their roles in representing the best of the profession, particularly at the state level? Many of them are! This blog is highlighting one of these outstanding educators.
As a very busy and distinguished 3rd grade teacher at Keith Elementary School in the Walled Lake Schools, Melody Arabo, Michigan's 2014 Teacher of the Year, is actively involved as a teacher leader. She has taught for 13 years and only at the 3rd grade level, which provides the Michigan Department of Education a wonderful resource when it comes to Common Core ..
Webinar Details (No need to pre-register)
Remember to join CCSSO, NASBE, NCSL, and NGA for a joint policy webinar on Thursday October 9 at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern).
We have plenty of questions in queue, but we want to know what most concerns you and your colleagues about educational leadership policy. Send questions that policy partners and presenters can answer to firstname.lastname@example.org or respond in the comments section of this blog.
With mid-term elections less than one month away, we ..
Categories: About SCEE/CCSSO
One could argue that much of the work being done by SCEE states was sparked by publication of The Widget Effect by TNTP in 2009. The week of October 6, 2014, the TNTP Blog is hosting policyleaders and educators who reflect upon educator evaluation - what's changed, what's working, and what's not. The inaugural post by Tim Daly reflects upon a "hard truth": "Across the country, nearly all teachers are still rated ‘good' or ‘great.'"
Do you think that is a "hard truth"? Are other professions expected to have high numbers of low performers? The MET project demonstrated that on ..
How can policy initiatives strengthen the principal pipeline and effective leadership? Please join CCSSO, NASBE, NCSL, and NGA at 3:00 p.m. EST on October 9 to discuss this question and,
- Why laws and regulations offer an effective entry way into leadership capacity building,
- How to strengthen state momentum on educational leadership issues, and
- Opportunities in which various policy partners can collaborate to move educational leadership issues and policies forward.
Recently, USED deepened its commitment to assuring all students have access ..
This year marks the first time since 2008 that the ISLLC (Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium) standards were updated. The consortium introduced the standards in 1996 and modestly updated them in 2008. Incorporated into the revise is the latest knowledge about effective leadership and an increased emphasis on the social and emotional aspects of learning.
Representatives from several ISLLC Refresh committees--James Cibulka, Michelle D. Young, and Joseph Murphy--address areas of the refresh in this PODCAST. Their commentary touches on why a new version is essential, the need to adjust standards ..
Just got back from a trip to DC where I was working with our Education Workforce Team at CCSSO to plan some of our future work. We spent some time talking about the Equity Plan each state will be required to submit to the U.S Department of Education. In the letter that Secretary Duncan send to school chiefs the Department will ask that: "in April 2015, each State educational agency (SEA) submit to the Department a new State Educator Equity Plan in accordance with the requirements of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). As required ..
Categories: About SCEE/CCSSO
July begins a new fiscal year for CCSSO and as we bring in this new year, we have a few changes underway at SCEE. First, Naz Rajput will be taking over the helm as the SCEE site manager. We are so thankful to the SCEE team members from West Wind Education Policy, Circe Stumbo , Alecia Brooks , and Deb Hansen , who helped to create the SCEE site in 2010 and who have been coordinating content for the past three and a half years. They have laid a strong foundation for Naz and the rest of us as we make ..
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