• Conducting Difficult Conversations that Lead to Improved Instruction

    Written by Karen / 2 days ago / 0 Comments

    Categories: Growth/Professional Development, Teacher Evaluation, Members to Mention

    Utah's Department of Education recently organized three successful principal summer institutes:  The Principal's Role in Improving Instructional Effectiveness  with breakout sessions that focused on teaching and leadership standards and professional learning, ensuring reliable observations, supporting effective SLOs, running effective PLCs and gathering data on instructional practice.  Approximately 30% of the states' principals attended the summits and were well received.  This is also the first time the Utah team organized the summits on an electronic platform, which Utah's participants greatly appreciated. 

    Conducting Difficult Conversations sessions provided Utah's principals with specific strategies focusing on the observation cycle.  ..

  • Poll: More Families Seek Summer Learning Programs

    Written by Alecia / 8 days ago / 0 Comments

    Categories: Equity, Report/Resource

    Results from a survey of parents indicate more children participate in summer learning programs.

    The Afterschool Alliance asked parents if one or more of their children attended summer education in 2013, and one-third of respondents answered yes. The number is an uptick from when the poll was last conducted in 2009. That year, 25 percent of families accessed programs.

    Afterschool Alliance said more parents are aware that learning losses can happen over summer and are finding time for education as a result. The National Summer Learning Association reports students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation ..

  • National Study on Teacher Preparation Experiences and Early Teacher Effectiveness Seeks State Partners

    Written by Katrina / on 07/14/2014 / 0 Comments

    Categories: Preparation

    Abt Associates and Education Analytics are looking for states to participate in the Study of Teacher Preparation Experiences and Early Teacher Effectiveness (TPREP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, in the 2014-2015 school year.

    This study will examine the relationship between teacher preparation experiences and early teacher effectiveness by surveying teachers about their preparation experiences and measuring relationships between these experiences and teachers' effectiveness in their first year as full-time classroom teachers. Teacher effectiveness is defined in this study as teacher value-added, while preparation experiences are defined as opportunities to learn about key instructional strategies through coursework, observation, practice and ..

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