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Supporting State Efforts to Design and Implement Teacher Evaluation Systems
(December 2010; Event)
This workshop was designed to provide regional comprehensive center staff with increased knowledge of select topics related to the creation and implementation of comprehensive evaluations. The workshop included four working sessions on the following topics: using evaluation data to support and improve effectiveness, measuring student growth in tested subjects, measuring student growth in nontested subjects and for teachers of at-risk students, and understanding the basics of quality assessments for measuring growth.
Enhancing Teacher Evaluation: A Critical Lever for Improving Teaching and Learning
(May 10-11 2010; Event)
This workshop focused on issues, research, and strategies related to the creation and use of teacher evaluation as part of a comprehensive system to improve teaching and student learning. Topics covered included steps in creating quality evaluation systems, issues involved in evaluating teachers of students with disabilities and English language learners, and the use of evaluation results to target professional development, certification, and career opportunities. In addition, the workshop included conversations on the use of evaluation in teacher tenure decisions and engaging stakeholders in systemic reform.
Enhancing Teacher Evaluation: Effective Practices for Evaluating Teachers of All Students
(April 2010; Webcast)
This webcast includes an overview of the major issues related to evaluating teachers of at-risk populations, a discussion of the existing research, and a review of evaluation strategies and recommendations.
What Works Conference: Beyond Highly Qualified: The Development and Distribution of Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders
(October 2009; Event)
The 2009 What Works Conference “Beyond Highly Qualified: The Development and Distribution of Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders” focused on the primary issues outlined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act. Conference presentations ranged from strategies for states to ensure that all students have access to effective teachers to standards and models for teacher leadership to the implementation of response to intervention. Participants gained knowledge that equipped them with tools and talking points about the shift from "highly qualified" to "highly effective" teachers and the equitable distribution of such teachers to all students.
Using ARRA Funds to Improve Teacher Effectiveness and Equitable Distribution
(September 2009; Webcasts)
In September The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality hosted the >Using ARRA Funds to Improve Teacher Effectiveness and Equitable Distribution> webcast. The webcast featured an overview of the online, interactive mapping tool and presentations on how states can use the map to think strategically and systemically about the use of ARRA funds to address teacher quality issues.
Addressing Inequities in the Distribution of Highly Qualified and Effective Teachers: A Workshop to Move Research and Policy into Action
(June 2009; Event)
Participants attended working sessions focused on three criteria essential to the development of actionable steps toward addressing equitable distribution issues:
  • Defining equitable distribution metrics for their state
  • Working with local education agencies to collect and analyze data
  • Aligning state needs with action strategies
Systems and Strategies for Addressing the Inequitable Distribution of Teachers
(May 21 2009; Webcast)
Facilitated by Candace Crawford, senior associate at The Education Trust, this Webcast brought together experts and practitioners to discuss the existing research and strategies that address the inequitable distribution of teachers. Presenters included Judy Wurtzel, advisor to the secretary, U.S. Department of Education; Cortney Rowland, senior policy associate at the TQ Center; and Charles Clotfelter, Ph.D., professor of public policy, economics, and law at Duke University. The presentations included an overview of the research, information about the requirements and potential funding through ARRA that can be used to address the inequitable distribution of teachers, and a discussion of useful resources from the TQ Center.
Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness: A Workshop Connecting Research to Policy and Practice
(April 2009; Event)
Held in Denver, Colorado, this workshop brought together experts and practitioners around the existing and emerging research on educator evaluation, and policy implications and impact on practice. Dan Goldhaber, Ph.D., University of Washington?Bothell and Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) gave the workshop's breakfast keynote address on the utility of using value-added measures to estimate teacher effectiveness. Workshop presenters included Bridget Hamre, Ph.D., University of Virginia; Brad Jupp and Shayne Spalten, Denver Public Schools; Lucy Steiner, Public Impact; Kaneal G. Alexander, Tennessee State Department of Education; Carolyn McKinney, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction; and Larry Shumway, Utah State Department of Education.
Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness: The What, How and Why of Educator Evaluation
(March 2009; Webcast)
During this Webcast, Douglas Harris, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Laura Goe, Ph.D., of ETS and the TQ Center, provided practitioners and policymakers with an overview of the existing and emerging research on teacher evaluation methods, including value-added models and observation protocols. The presentations included a discussion on the quality of the evidence supporting these methods and the applications for each method that are consistent with the evidence supporting it.
The Use of Innovation Configurations to Improve Teacher Preparation in Critical Areas
(January 2009; Webcast)
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (TQ Center) hosted the second of two free webcasts for 325T grantees titled The Use of Innovation Configurations to Improve Teacher Preparation in Critical Areas on January 16, 2009. Dan Reschly, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt University and TQ Center, and Liz Altieri, Ph.D., of Radford University, addressed additional evidence-based innovation configurations, including classroom organization and behavior management (COBM), inclusive services, and learning strategies. Applications to course syllabi were also demonstrated.
The Use of Innovation Configurations to Improve Teacher Preparation in Reading Instruction
(December 2008; Webcast)
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (TQ Center) hosted this free webcast for 325T grantees on December 19, 2008. Dan Reschly, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt University and TQ Center, and Beth Harn, Ph.D., of the University of Oregon, addressed how the use of an innovation configuration designed to define critical components of reading instruction and levels of implementation in teacher preparation programs can help IHE teacher preparation programs provide adequate preparation in research-based reading instruction principles. Learn more about the webcast and listen to a downloadable MP3 version of the presentations.
Building Capacity for a Systems Approach to Improving Educator Quality
(November 2008; Event)
The 2008 What Works Conference—Building Capacity for a Systems Approach to Improving Educator Quality—focused on the alignment of teacher quality and school leadership policies across the educator career continuum. Conference themes emphasized how coordination of policies relating to teacher preparation and recruitment, induction and professional development, compensation and working conditions, performance management, and school leadership allow states to leverage resources effectively and to generate policies and practices that are likely to raise student achievement by improving educator quality.
Supporting Progress in Meeting the HQT Requirements of NCLB
(April 2008; Webcast)
The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality hosted a webcast titled Supporting Progress in Meeting the Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) Requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act on April 30, 2008. This live, interactive webcast will support regional comprehensive centers (RCCs) and state education agencies in their efforts to move from planning to action through the implementation of their state highly qualified teacher (HQT) plans.
From Planning to Action: Effectively Using Your Professional Development Resources
(March 2008)
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality hosted an invitational issue forum for the regional comprehensive centers and state education agencies in Arlington, Virginia, March 13?14, 2008. The forum directly followed, and partially overlapped, the U.S. Department of Education?s ESEA Title II Conference. The sessions focused on such topics as professional development for Gen Y teachers for special student populations, professional development standards, and putting professional development research and policy into action.
Advancing Student Achievement Through Effective Teaching and Leadership
(November 2007)
America's Challenge: Effective Teachers for At-Risk Schools and Students
(October 2007; Webcast)
Panelists discuss the inaugural biennial report of the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality: America's Challenge: Effective Teachers for At-Risk Schools and Students. The report summarized some of its most important findings and shared some stories from the field—with a focus on teachers of students with special needs. Also included was some never-before-released polling data on teachers in their first year of teaching, collected by the public opinion firm Public Agenda.
National Issue Forum: Roundtable Discussion: Preparing Special Educators: Critical Issues and Emerging Needs
(June 2007; Event)
The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality convened an invitational issue forum for the regional comprehensive centers on June 27, 2007, in Arlington, Virginia. The roundtable discussion focused on special education issues including recent policy, research, and practice—with an emphasis on teacher preparation. Information and materials from the event are available online.
Preparing Special Educators: Critical Issues and Emerging Needs
(June 2007)
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality offered a national invitational Roundtable Discussion focused on policy, research, and practice relating to special education teacher quality.
Paying for Teachers' Performance: Strategies and Conditions for Success
(May 2007; Webcast)
This webcast examined the policy, research, and practice of performance-based compensation, specifically focusing on valid, reliable, and ethical ways to evaluate teachers' instructional performance. Experts discussed the promise and pitfalls of value-added and other statistical measures of student achievement growth as well as teaching portfolios and professional administrator evaluations.
Tennessee Study on Teacher Effectiveness and Teacher Equity
(April 2007; Webcasts)
This April 2007 webcast reported the results of a study of the disparity in teacher effectiveness across schools in Tennessee, based on student poverty and race/ethnicity.
National Issue Forum: From Planning to Action: Implementation of the Highly Qualified Teacher Plans
(March 2007; Event)
On March 28-29, 2007, the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality hosted a national issue forum to help states and regional comprehensive centers move another step forward with the implementation of their state plans to ensure that highly qualified teachers are available for all students—regardless of where they live or the school they attend.
Equitable Distribution of Highly Qualified Staff: Challenges and Equitable Distribution of Highly Qualified Staff: Challenges and Solutions
(March 2007; Webcast)
This March 2007 webcast focused on the challenges of equitably distributing highly qualified teachers and presented solutions.
Increasing Student Achievement in High-Need Schools Through Teacher Quality
(November 2006; Event)
The 2006 conference was a capacity-building meeting for regional comprehensive centers and other stakeholders that provided information and best practices on teacher quality in at-risk schools.
Focusing Teacher Preparation on At-Risk and Hard-to-Staff Schools
(September 2006; Webcast)
On Thursday, September 21, 2006, the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality hosted a live, interactive webcast on the topic of preparing teachers for at-risk and hard-to-staff schools.
Innovative Ideas and Practical Suggestions for Improving the State Highly Qualified Teacher Plans: Additional Resources
(September 2006; Webcast)
To help states improve their state plans for highly qualified teachers in every classroom, the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality and the U.S. Department of Education teamed up to offer a webcast specifically for regional comprehensive centers and state Title II—Part A and highly qualified teacher representatives. During the one-hour webcast on September 7, 2006, panelists discussed the purpose of the state plans and the elements of a successful plan; provided overall impressions of the state plans submitted in July; and identified several resources, best practices, and innovative strategies for states to consider as they work toward improved state plans.
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality: Strengthening the Quality of Teaching for All Students
(May 2006; Webcast)
On May 11, 2006, the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality hosted an informational webcast for Regional Comprehensive Centers and Content Centers. The webcast sought to outline the mission and goals of National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality; describe the ongoing and upcoming work and activities; introduce the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality staff; raise the awareness about the issue of teacher quality; and create an opportunity for dialogue between National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, the comprehensive centers, and other content centers.
Raising Student Achievement Through the Equitable Distribution of Teachers
(March 2006; PDF)
On March 30, 2006, the TQ Center hosted a live, interactive webcast that explored the topic of teacher distribution. Presentations focused on federal efforts toward improving teacher quality and effectiveness, and teacher performance metrics.
National Issue Forum: Addressing Personnel Shortages and the Recruitment of Special Education, Mathematics, and Science Teachers in At-Risk Schools
(March 2006; Event)
On May 24–25, 2006, the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality hosted its inaugural issue forum, "Addressing Personnel Shortages and the Recruitment of Special Education, Mathematics, and Science Teachers in At-Risk Schools." The primary goals of the meeting were to build knowledge and resource foundation; to learn emerging strategies and practices; to build capacity to share and apply knowledge base; and to use applicable tools and resources to identify data trends regarding special education, mathematics, and science. The meeting summary, agenda, presenter bios, presentations, and topical resources are available online.
Teacher Turnover in At-Risk Schools
(September 2005; Webcast)
On September 22, 2005, Learning Point Associates, Education Commission of the States, ETS, and the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF) cohosted Teacher Turnover in At-Risk Schools, a live Webcast focused on promising solutions in teacher recruitment and retention efforts in our nation's low-performing, high-poverty schools.