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Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2020
Micro-credentials (MCs) are a rapidly expanding element of modern teacher professional learning. In this brief, we provide a concise review of what is currently known about MCs: how they work, their strengths, their shortcomings, and what we still need to learn. For districts and states that are considering introducing MCs, this brief is designed…
Descriptors: Credentials, Educational Certificates, Teacher Certification, Program Implementation
Giffin, Jessica – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2020
One potential policy challenge in the COVID-19 context is how to evaluate and provide teachers feedback and support in a virtual learning environment. State education agencies (SEAs) sought to address this policy challenge by revising teacher evaluation policy during the 2019-20 academic year to lift requirements. However, given the new dynamics…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Electronic Learning, Web Based Instruction
Mason-Williams, Loretta; Rosenberg, Michael; Kimmel, Lois; Sindelar, Paul – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2020
Districts trying to address budgets and service delivery uncertainties posed by the COVID-19 crisis may minimize priority on collaborations with local educator preparation programs (EPPs). In fact, school districts may shy away from welcoming preservice teacher candidates, avoiding what they perceive as an added burden on overtaxed teachers and…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Public Health, Crisis Management, Preservice Teacher Education
Mizrav, Etai; Lachlan-Haché, Lisa – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2019
This Special Issues Brief from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) outlines the unique characteristics of high-need schools, supports state and district leaders as they consider their role in implementing initiatives with a focus on equity, and explores how programs can be customized to meet the unique circumstances of a…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Teacher Shortage, Disadvantaged Schools, Program Implementation
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
Goe, Laura – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2014
Creating a pipeline of great teachers for all schools and students in each state is a crucial policy goal. Strengthening teacher pipelines requires states to examine multiple policy areas, including certification requirements, educator evaluation, compensation and career ladders, educator environment (e.g., working conditions), and the range of…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Educational Policy, Teacher Education, Academic Achievement
Martella, Jana; Connors-Tadros, Lori – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2014
Early childhood educators play a critical role in preparing students for success later in their school experience. The instructional techniques, emotional supports, and assessment approaches for early childhood settings are different from classroom settings in later grades. How can states and districts develop evaluation systems that are tuned to…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Evaluation, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Evaluation
Doyle, Daniela – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2013
Teachers need career pathways that provide new challenges and sustained opportunities for leadership without leaving the classroom. Better opportunities for leadership and innovative pathways help to increase the retention of strong teachers. Although few such programs existed several years ago, a growing number of states, districts, charter…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Training, Teacher Education Programs
Han, Grace; Doyle, Daniela – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2013
Teacher residency programs are a relatively new method for building stronger teacher pipelines. Research assessing the impact of these programs is still limited, but some early reports suggest that residency programs hold promise for improving teacher effectiveness and retention rates (Barrett, Hovde, Hahn, & Rosqueta, 2011; Papay, West,…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Persistence, Benchmarking
Behrstock-Sherratt, Ellen; Potemski, Amy – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2013
To achieve the goal of attracting and retaining talented professionals in education, performance-based compensation systems (PBCS) must offer salaries that are both fair and sufficiently competitive at each point across an educator's career continuum. Although many states, especially with the support of the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants,…
Descriptors: Merit Pay, Teacher Salaries, Educational Policy, Educational Trends
Jacques, Catherine – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2013
Many teachers are already keen observers and skilled in supporting and collaborating with their colleagues. Leveraging this rich talent among staff can be an efficient way to address capacity challenges and enrich teachers' evaluations with more targeted feedback. Teachers, however, require training to become systematic, reliable observers who can…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Peer Evaluation, Evaluators, Training