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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
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
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
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
Jacques, Catherine – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2013
States in the midst of implementing evaluation reforms face a common dilemma: how to ensure that all your districts are implementing quality educator evaluation systems while still providing them with the flexibility to design systems best suited to their own unique needs. One answer is to create an equivalency process (also known as an approval…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, State Standards, Program Implementation, Educational Change
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
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