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McGraner, Kristin L.; VanDerHeyden, Amanda; Holdheide, Lynn – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2011
This innovation configuration offers a set of quantifiable indicators of instructional excellence in mathematics. These indicators are related to improved achievement in mathematics and can be used to improve teacher competencies. The innovation configuration is offered as a means of evaluating and aligning teacher preparation and professional…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Evidence, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Competencies
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2011
Teacher effectiveness, equitable distribution, and teacher preparation are inextricably linked. Recognizing that evidence-based practices account for at least part of the effects of teachers on achievement and the critical role of teacher preparation, the TQ Center (National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality) offers innovation…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Evidence, Guidelines, Innovation
Holdheide, Lynn R.; Reschly, Daniel J. – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2011
Teacher preparation to deliver inclusive services to students with disabilities is increasingly important because of changes in law and policy emphasizing student access to, and achievement in, the general education curriculum. This innovation configuration identifies the components of inclusive services that should be incorporated in teacher…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education Teachers, Access to Education, Educational Innovation
Hosp, John L. – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2011
This innovation configuration identifies the skills and competencies teachers need to make sound decisions about using assessment information to improve instruction and establishes a framework and justification for effective ways that teachers can collect and use assessment data to make instructional decisions. It is designed to provide a…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Educational Innovation, Data, Preservice Teachers
Schumaker, Jean B. – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2011
One way of helping students with learning disabilities and other struggling students to be independent life-long learners is to teach them how to use learning strategies in efficient ways. Learning strategy instruction can provide students the opportunity to succeed in today's schools and meet rigorous standards, transforming ineffective learners…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Innovation, Learning Strategies, Lifelong Learning
Behrstock, Ellen; Clifford, Matthew – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2010
National and state-level policies recognize the critical role that talented teachers play in ensuring that all students learn and in building capacity for instructional excellence in schools. Teachers influence student learning more than any other factor in the school, and the dividends of effective teaching are cumulative (see "Defining the…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Teacher Distribution, Minority Group Children, Teacher Recruitment
Holdheide, Lynn R.; Goe, Laura; Croft, Andrew; Reschly, Daniel J. – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2010
Current emphasis on teacher effectiveness in educational policy poses a challenge for the evaluation of special education teachers and English language learner (ELL) specialists. Most evaluation systems focus on student achievement and teacher practice; however, few systems have the capacity to differentiate among specialty area educators, address…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Special Education Teachers, Educational Policy, Special Education
Hosp, John L. – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2010
The purpose of this Issue Paper is to provide a framework and justification for effective ways that teachers can collect and use assessment data to make instructional decisions. This framework is provided as an indication of what effective linking of assessment data to instructional decisions "ought" to look like--rather than a summary…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Student Evaluation, Elementary Secondary Education
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2010
Teacher leadership can improve teacher retention, strengthen the teaching profession, build the capacity of school leaders, and facilitate innovative advances to the structure of school staffing. Therefore, many states are beginning to formalize teacher-leadership options, and this expanded career continuum is expected to facilitate improved…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Persistence, Teacher Leadership, Teacher Recruitment
Croft, Andrew; Coggshall, Jane G.; Dolan, Megan; Powers, Elizabeth – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2010
Featured prominently in recent federal education regulations, the term "job-embedded professional development" has come into increasingly common usage for more than a decade, yet rarely is it explicitly defined. But what exactly is job-embedded professional development? What types of teacher learning opportunities count as being job…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Faculty Development, Professional Development, Teaching Methods
Brown-Sims, Melissa – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2010
With the need to meet a set of higher accountability standards such as Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards and the AYP benchmarks of the NCLB Act, for example, school principals are faced with the knowledge that they play a vital role in school effectiveness as well as teacher retention, parent participation, and…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Educational Improvement, Principals, Instructional Leadership
Potemski, Amy – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2009
Recruiting and preparing teachers of English language learners (ELLs) involves learning a complex educational subsystem. Many variables affect the education of ELLs, including changing demographics, policies at the federal and state levels, requirements for teachers, and program models. The goals of this brief are to set the policy and practice…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), English Instruction
Hayes, Kathleen T.; Behrstock, Ellen – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2009
The negative consequences of the current economic recession are vast, both for the education field and for all sectors of society. Yet one benefit has emerged from these recent tough economic times: Teaching is becoming a more attractive career choice. Although states and local policymakers should "always" work proactively to attract effective…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Career Choice, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Recruitment
Potemski, Amy – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2009
According to Section 2141(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), local education agencies (LEAs) that fail to meet annual measurable objectives and make adequate yearly progress (AYP) for three consecutive years must enter into an agreement with the state education agency…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs, School Districts
Reschly, Daniel J.; Wood-Garnett, Stephanie – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2009
Response to intervention (RTI) is a decision-making process for (1) identifying gaps between current and desired results; (2) designing, implementing, and revising interventions; (3) matching the degree of educational needs to the intensity of interventions; and (4) implementing interventions at multiple tiers. The process can be applied to…
Descriptors: High School Students, Middle School Students, Educational Needs, Intervention
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