ERIC Number: ED590768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Painting the ESSA Canvas: Four Ideas for States to Think Big on Educator Quality
Tooley, Melissa, Ed.
Across the country, states are working to develop the plans required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the latest reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. One area of ESSA--Part A of Title II--is specifically focused on "preparing, training, and recruiting high-quality teachers, principals, or other school leaders." Despite the Trump Administration's proposal to eliminate Title II-A funding in its recently-released budget blueprint, a focus on human capital remains a critical aspect of state and district strategies for school improvement and ensuring equitable access to effective teachers. Title II-A of ESSA provides states and districts with new latitude to think beyond a "paint by numbers" approach to educator quality. In this brief, New America interviewed education policy experts, selected for their individual and organizational expertise, to provide clear, actionable ideas and examples of where states can "think big" in employing ESSA Title II-A funds. Each interview digs into an area explicitly highlighted in Title II-A, and provides contours of what a high-potential, high-quality state effort to re-envision (or double down on) work in that area could look like: (1) educator preparation; (2) educator recruitment and retention; (3) educator evaluation and support systems; and (4) comprehensive professional learning systems. In addition to providing innovative, actionable ideas for states, the brief also highlights key themes that arise throughout for how states can support equity and excellence in their schools. Contributors to this brief's interviews are: (1) Benjamin Riley (Deans for Impact) on educator preparation; (2) Stephanie Dean and Bryan Hassell (Public Impact) on educator recruitment and retention; (3) Alexandra Broin and Margaret Young (New Leaders) on educator evaluation and support; and (4) Melinda George and Janice Poda (Learning Forward) on comprehensive professional learning systems.
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Evaluation, Faculty Development
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: New America