On November 1st and 2nd, CCSSO's State Consortium on Educator Effectiveness (SCEE) will join our collaborative partners Learning Forward and Implementing the Common Core Standards Consortium (ICCS) in hosting the Topical Meeting: Leveraging Professional Learning to Increase Principal Effectiveness at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. SCEE states were asked to field a work team comprised of a state education agency representative, a school district leader, school principal, and teacher leader. SCEE states that are also members of ICCS may also send additional representatives from their Common Core Implementation Team. We recommended that you bring individuals who are currently part of an existing work team in your state related to either educator evaluation or implementing the common core standards so that the lessons learned from this topical meeting can be embedded into the ongoing work of the larger state work team.
The meeting is designed for state teams to:
- Gain a deeper understanding of the key behaviors of effective principals and the role school leaders play in improving teaching and learning, specifically in implementing the new common core standards and evaluating and supporting teacher performance;
- Engage in the design and implementation of professional structures and practices that increase principal effectiveness; and
- Explore the actions principals need to take in order to further their own professional learning and support the ongoing learning of those they lead.
In addition, the meeting provides a unique opportunity for states to engage in candid and meaningful discussion about how each part of the education system (state, district, and school) operates collectively to support and build principal effectiveness. It is our hope that the conversations that begin in Baltimore will continue once state team members return to their states.
The meeting agenda includes sessions that build skills, share best practice, and provide opportunities to apply new learning to your state's context and work. State teams will finish the two-day meeting with new strategies to try out in their states and an action plan that they can take back and implement. State team participants should bring a copy of your state's leader standards to the meeting for use during a work session on Thursday morning. In addition, participants should read the pre-readings linked to the meeting agenda. You may want to divvy up the readings among your team members so at least one or two members are knowledgeable about each reading. It is expected that participants will print their own copies of readings or bring electronic copies to reference during the meeting. Only limited copies of readings will be available at the meeting. WiFi will be available to all meeting participants in the meeting room.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days of the meeting, but dinner is on your own Thursday evening. Our meeting planners will have a list of restaurants in the surrounding area for you to choose from.
We look forward to working and learning with you in just two short weeks. We are most appreciative of the support provided by The Wallace Foundation for this meeting.