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  • ESSA New Student Group Requirement

    Posted by Katrina / on 08/11/2016 / 0 Comments

    Categories: Equity, Report/Resource, About SCEE/CCSSO, NCLB/ESEA, Data

    ESSA requires that states now report separately on students who are homeless, in foster care, or military-connected.  These students are highly mobile and will require extra attention to ensure that their needs are met.  Ed Week recently published an article regarding the data requirements of meeting these new requirements and addressing the needs of some of our most vulnerable students.  Check out the link below to read the full article and learn more.

  • #LoveTeaching

    Posted by Holly / on 02/17/2016 / 0 Comments

    Categories: About SCEE/CCSSO

    Last year, National and State Teachers of the Year joined together to launch the #LoveTeaching campaign. The campaign recognizes that teaching is a noble profession, yet too often, stories about teaching are one-sided tails of teacher pay or teacher toil.

    The goal of #LoveTeaching is to use social media and other avenues to share the positive stories about teaching: Why do you teach? What do you remember best about your favorite teacher? Why should a young person today go into teaching?

    The 2015 campaign gained nearly 10,000 tweets across the country, averaging 800 tweets a day. State chiefs and SEAs were ..

  • WYSIWYG*… Acronyms and Jargon as Communication?

    Posted by Angie / on 01/05/2016 / 0 Comments

    Categories: About SCEE/CCSSO


    When I started my position as an EIR (Educator in Residence) here at CCSSO (Council for Chief State School Officers), the first learning curve I climbed was the vegetable soup used in conversations with new colleagues at the national and state level. During my past two years in this work, I have continually met individuals faced with the same dilemma, do I stop the conversation and ask for clarification, or just hope my favorite browser search will enlighten me. What I discovered after a few months, is that many of the folks in the conversation were not clear on the meaning ..

  • NSCEE Members Receive Guidance on School Leader Challenges at “Meeting-within-a-Meeting”

    Posted by Alecia / on 01/04/2016 / 0 Comments

    Categories: Report/Resource, About SCEE/CCSSO, From the Community, Leadership

    Eleven state teams from New Jersey, Georgia, West Virginia, California, Missouri, Hawaii, Arizona, South Carolina, Utah, Kentucky, and Oklahoma engaged in collective dialogues about school leader challenges existing in each state.

    The dialogue occurred at the "Meeting-within-a-Meeting" held at the Learning Forward annual conference.

    Teams consisted of teachers, principals, and state education agency staff. In order to help participants track challenges, attendees posted to the NSCEE file cabinet a document that explains the exact need for guidance. Teams organized into small groups at the meeting where they explained challenges in more depth and answered existing questions. Thereafter, the team that ..

  • NSCEE's Principal Action Group Develops Plans for Principals

    Posted by Holly / on 12/21/2015 / 0 Comments

    Categories: Growth/Professional Development, About SCEE/CCSSO, Webinars, Leadership

    NSCEE's principal action group, Taking Action to Support Principals, made up of a subset of NSCEE states is meeting virtually this week to review states' modified rapid prototyping plans. Through specific and targeted support, the principal action group facilitates connections across states and national collaborators and propels support for school principals. CCSSO develops content for the group with input from members.

    The first area of exploration for the principal action group was the power of policy levers and their ability to shape school leadership. A Wallace-commissioned report from Paul Manna, in which he provides six possible levers, is the anchor report ..

  • New Standards for Principals and Principal Supervisors Available

    Posted by Site / on 12/14/2015 / 0 Comments

    Categories: Standards, Report/Resource, About SCEE/CCSSO, School Improvement, Leadership

    Several organizations collaborated to release Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, or the former ISLLC standards--for Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium--published in 1996 and last updated in 2008. The first-ever Model Principal Supervisor Professional Standards 2015, authored by CCSSO, accompanied the release. Funds from The Wallace Foundation supported both projects.

    The new version of standards describes competencies effective school leaders should hold as they pursue high achievement for staff, schools, and students. Use is voluntary for principals, assistant principals, and others in school-level leadership positions, though the considerations synthesize years of research to share what is required of principals ..

  • Webinar: What Are We Learning About State Policy for Improving School Leadership?

    Posted by Alecia / on 11/05/2015 / 0 Comments

    Categories: Change, Institutional/Systemic, Report/Resource, About SCEE/CCSSO, Leadership

    Please join us!

    Tuesday, November 17
    3 - 4:00 PM Eastern
    Link to Webinar

    State leaders possess formal and informal powers they can use to serve the goal of ensuring that all schools have excellent principals  - Paul Manna  

    Please join our annual joint policy webinar! CCSSO, NGA, NASBE, and NCSL are partnering to bring education staff into a discourse about policy levers to bolster school leaders and to look closer at

    • opportunities SEAs capitalized on when they connected policy innovations with principalship support,
    • takeaways that researcher Paul Manna garnered as he engaged states in dialogues around ..
  • Public Comment Sought on Revised Draft Standards for Education Leaders

    Posted by Holly / on 05/13/2015 / 0 Comments

    Categories: Standards, About SCEE/CCSSO, Leadership

    In Case You Missed It: CCSSO Press Release

    Washington, D.C. (May 11, 2015) -- Two national education organizations are seeking additional feedback from the public on revised draft standards for education leaders that aim to ensure district and school leaders are able to improve student learning and achievement and meet new, higher expectations. The first public comment period last fall resulted in suggested changes that have been incorporated into this draft of the standards.

    For the past 16 months, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) have led an effort to ..

  • Reauthorization of ESEA: Committee Hearings Start Today

    Posted by Holly / on 01/21/2015 / 0 Comments

    Categories: About SCEE/CCSSO, NCLB/ESEA

    The Senate HELP Committee has two committee meetings posted. The first one is today. "Fixing No Child Left Behind: Testing and Accountability" will be held at 9:30 AM Eastern. The second full committee hearing on reauthorization of ESEA, "Fixing No Child Left Behind: Supporting Teachers and School Leaders," will be held Tuesday, January 27th at 10 AM Eastern. The witnesses testifying today are listed below. The list of witnesses for the hearing on supporting teachers and school leaders has not yet been published. I've also included CCSSO's Priorities for the Reauthorization of ESEA for your reference below. To stream ..

  • Finalists for National Teacher of the Year Announced

    Posted by Holly / on 01/14/2015 / 0 Comments

    Categories: About SCEE/CCSSO, Members to Mention

    Congratulations to Alabama, Hawaii, Indiana, and Texas! These states are the home of our four finalists for National Teacher of the Year, who were announced today. Click here to see the announcement. Each finalists' packet is linked to the announcement and includes their professional biography, community involvement, philosophy of teaching, position on education issues and trends, work to strengthen the profession, and message.

    Announcements about the National Teacher of the Year Program always make me so proud of the profession and proud of CCSSO's commitment to publicly recognizing excellence in teaching. Ann Marie Corgill, Catherine Caine, Kathy Nimmer, and Shanna Peeples ..


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