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Matlach, Lauren – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2015
Evaluation studies can provide feedback on implementation, support continuous improvement, and increase understanding of evaluation systems' impact on teaching and learning. Despite the importance of educator evaluation studies, states often need support to prioritize and fund them. Successful studies require expertise, time, and a shared…
Descriptors: Evaluation Research, Evaluation, Teacher Evaluation, State Aid
Matlach, Lauren – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2015
Teachers are our most valuable resource in education, and teacher leaders can maximize their impact on student learning by extending their impact beyond their own classrooms. Effective teacher leaders share their expertise, support the growth of other teachers, and increase the quality of instruction. This policy snapshot summarizes the literature…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Educational Policy, Public Schools, Urban Schools
Goe, Laura; Matlach, Lauren – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2014
With nearly a million paraprofessionals working in elementary and secondary schools (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013), ensuring they are well prepared and supported is essential to their and their students' success. Paraprofessionals work closely with classroom teachers to support students from special populations and are typically supervised by…
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Research, Role
Potemski, Amy; Matlach, Lauren – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2014
Finding effective ways to support all teachers--especially new and struggling teachers--has never been more critical. According to the U.S. Department of Education, approximately 419,000 new teachers will be hired in 2015 (National Center for Education Statistics, 2011). Estimates suggest that between 40 percent and 50 percent of these new…
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Mentors, State Policy