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Lachlan, Lisa; Kimmel, Lois; Mizrav, Etai; Holdheide, Lynn – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2020
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis will undoubtedly have dire consequences for all sectors of public education. The rapid transition to remote modes of instruction in the spring of 2020 and the subsequent anxiety about the start of the 2020-21 academic year have highlighted the critical need for well-prepared educators. Although calls…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Change, Retrenchment
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
Mizrav, Etai – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2019
Effective teachers can have a significant impact on student success; unfortunately, low-income students, students of color, English learners, and students with disabilities are more likely to be assigned to unqualified, less experienced, and less effective teachers. Inequitable access to effective educators is one contributing factor that…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Equal Education, Achievement Gap
Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2015
State implementation of new standards (revising, adapting, and adopting new standards) is a significant undertaking. Such an effort at the state level requires extensive support, planning, and resources. Implementing new state standards also requires the support of multiple education leaders--governors, legislators, state departments of education,…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Science Education, Science Curriculum
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
Jacques, Catherine; Potemski, Amy – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2014
This Special Issues Brief from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) offers insight into three human capital management policies that are critical for career and technical education (CTE) teachers: certification, performance evaluation, and professional development. CTE teachers are uniquely positioned to improve college and career…
Descriptors: Career Education, Technical Education, Capacity Building, Vocational Education Teachers
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
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
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
Paliokas, Kathleen – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2013
Multitiered licensure structures can provide educators incentives to develop and improve their performance as they work toward advanced status. When working in tandem with compensation, career ladders, and ongoing professional learning policies, licensure can be a lever to promote educator development, advancement, and retention. Licensure…
Descriptors: Teacher Certification, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Policy, Program Development
Leo, Sheri Frost; Coggshall, Jane G. – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2013
This Special Issues Brief from the "Center on Great Teachers and Leaders" (GTL Center) introduces an approach to creating coherence among three potentially transformative instructional reforms: implementation of the Common Core State Standards for student learning, new standards-based teacher evaluation systems, and job-embedded…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Alignment (Education), Core Curriculum