One of the feelings I miss most about the classroom is the pride of watching students achieve success after working hard to reach a goal. Our SCEE states brought that feeling back to me in Washington, D.C. when their educator effectiveness work was featured in a national spotlight. I'd like to recognize the role SCEE states played in the 2012 Systems That Last: Great Teachers and Leaders for America's Schools Conference hosted by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality from September 5-7.
Two SCEE states were featured in plenary sessions. In a preconference session, Julia Rawlings and Carolyn Spangler of the Kentucky Department of Education shared aspects of their state's educator evaluation system. Robin Chandler and Karen Kidwell also from the Kentucky Department of Education explained how Kentucky prepares, develops, and supports teachers in another plenary session. Heather Lageman of the Maryland State Department of Education participated in a plenary session on using data systems to further the educator effectiveness agenda.
Several breakout sessions featured SCEE States. Paul Katnik of the Missouri Department of Education and Dewey Gottlieb of the Hawaii State Department of Education participated in a session moderated by our own Janice Poda on teacher readiness for college- and career-ready standards. Michaela Miller of the State of Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction participated in the session on using multiple measures for teacher evaluations, and Anne Marie Fenton of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission shared information on using performance data for the equitable distribution of teachers.
SCEE states also hosted roundtable discussions. Evaluations for leaders were discussed in the conversations facilitated by Chris Ruszkowski of the Delaware Department of Education, and Linda Alder of the Utah State Office of Education discussed stakeholder engagement. Christina Linder of the Idaho State Department of Education discussed evaluation throughout the career continuum. Julie Brilli of the Wisconsin Department of Education delved into the topic of student growth, and Susan White of the Georgia Department of Education discussed the ever-popular evaluations in non-tested grades and subjects.
As I studied the conference agenda, I felt a sense of pride when I realized the work of our SCEE states was being recognized at the national level. Thank you for your hard work and your dedication to the educator workforce.