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Wisconsin Teacher Quality

2008 Initial Educator Data Seminar: Using Data to Support Initial Educators

June 16, 2008
Chula Vista Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI


The U.S. Department of Education has provided guidance to practitioners on how to distinguish practices that are based on rigorous evidence from those that are not. This following document will be referenced by Al Phelps, Great Lakes West Comprehensive Center consultant, during the 2008 Initial Educator Data Seminar: “Using Data to Support Initial Educators” to be held June 16; this information is also pertinent to the contents of the June 17 research seminar.

Institution for Education Science. (2003). Identifying and implementing educational practices supported by rigorous evidence: A user friendly guide. Washington, DC: Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy. Retrieved June 10, 2008, from

To supplement information provided at the seminar, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has selected the following relevant resources as optional pre-reading. These resources are for your personal information, and copies will not be provided at the seminar.

Blank, R. K., de las Alas, N., & Smith, C. (2008). Does teacher professional development have effects on teaching and learning? Evaluation findings from programs in 14 states. Washington, DC: Council of Chief State School Officers. Retrieved June 10, 2008, from

Goe, L., & Stickler, L. (2008). Teacher quality and student achievement: Making the most of recent research. Washington, DC: National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality. Retrieved June 10, 2008, from

Guarino, C., Santibañez, L., Daley, G., & Brewer, D. (2004). A review of the research literature on teacher recruitment and retention. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation. Retrieved June 10, 2008, from

New Teacher Center. (2007). High quality mentoring & induction practices. Santa Cruz: University of California. Retrieved June 10, 2008, from

Waters, T., Marzano, R. J., & McNulty, B. (2003). Balanced leadership™: What 30 years of research tells us about the effect of leadership on student achievement. Denver, CO: Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning. Retrieved June 10, 2008, from