The U.S. Department of Education (USED) hosted its annual national meeting for state Title IIA directors on March 5-6, 2012, in Bethesda, MD. This year USED held two back-to-back meetings with the first being on "Preparing Teachers to Use New College and Career Ready (CCR) Standards" and the second on "Developing and Implementing Educator Evaluation Systems." Title IIA directors were invited to bring CCR staff to the first meeting and evaluation staff to the second. Both meetings focused on 4 key questions:
- Where are states in implementing CCR standards and Educator Evaluation systems?
- What challenges are states facing in implementation?
- How can states assist local education agencies to use Title IIA funds for implementation?
- What technical assistance might USED provide to states to assist implementation?
Janice and Kathleen of SCEE were invited to present on the topic "Connecting CCR to Educator Evaluation Systems," which served as a bridge between the two meetings. In their presentation, Janice and Kathleen talked about the disconnect between state implementation work toward CCR and state educator evaluation work and how states could think about and integrate the two. They suggested that first states need to ensure alignment of their visions (standards) for both systems, including recognizing that this work includes transformation of both teaching and learning, how each system can be leveraged to promote the other, and what work CCSSO is currently doing with state teams to promote cross-system dialog within and across states, including SCEE, Implementing the Common Core Standards collaborative, Transforming Professional Learning to Implement the Common Core, and the College Readiness Partnership.
For more information, please contact Kathleen Paliokas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-336-7058.