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Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness

We know that New York State has some of the very best teachers and leaders in the nation. Our highest-performing districts and schools combine strong classroom instruction led by innovative principals with effective parent communication and a results-driven school culture.  Great educators change lives.  Our goal is to ensure that every year, every school has an effective leader and every classroom has an effective teacher so that every child can learn and achieve to his or her full potential.  When our educators succeed, our students succeed, too.

Under the Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) program, the state created an $83M competitive grant opportunity aimed at encouraging and supporting qualifying LEAs to take a comprehensive approach to recruit, develop, support, retain and increase equitable access to great teachers and leaders as part of their implementation of the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system required by Education Law §3012-c. The STLE grant is part of the Board of Regents’ comprehensive statewide strategy to support the continuous improvement of every educator with special emphasis on supporting high-need students, improving learning of English language learners and students with disabilities, advancing student learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines, and improving the equitable distribution of highly effective teachers and leaders.

Professional Learning Community Opportunities

Across three grant cohorts, school districts and local unions collaborated to develop programs that focus on various elements of a strategically planned Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) continuum, including preparation, recruitment and placement, induction and mentoring, evaluation, ongoing professional development/professional growth, performance management and career ladders. STLE grantees are leveraging the power of the new evaluation system, not as an end in itself, but as a true vehicle for the improvement of effective educator practice and student learning.

The Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Continuum

Some of the initiatives outlined in awardees' plans include:
(mouse-over each component for further description)

Improving Practice Continuum
• Partnerships with Institutes of Higher Education to provide work-based learning experiences for pre-service teachers • Partnerships with Institutes of Higher Education to encourage and/or enhance pathways to various professional certifications• Transfer and/or recruitment awards to attract high performing educators into hard-to-staff and specialty subject areas, as well as into high-need or low performing schools •Development of programs leading towards dual certifications and/or extension programs in hard-to-staff and specialty subject areas• Utilization of Effective and Highly Effective Teacher and Principal Leaders as coaches/mentors to provide individualized support for new and early career educators• Ongoing training provided around the implementation of APPR components, such as meaningful target-setting within Student Learning Objectives and calibration training on the approved evaluation rubrics • Conduction of team “learning walks” and “peer evaluations” to identify trends and patterns in instructional practice and student engagement in order to drive targeted feedback and professional growth opportunities• Targeted professional development and support in specialized and focused areas such as working with English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities, and within the STEM disciplines • Specific opportunities, such as co-planning, modeling, and peer feedback to aid the implementation and capacity building around the Common Core Standards• Use of APPR evaluation results to support recruitment, retention and equitable distribution of the most effective educators• Career Ladder positions that incorporate APPR evaluation results and a minimum of three “rungs” including: novice, professional, and leader to provide opportunities for additional duties and compensation • Development of positions that allow educators to influence curriculum and instruction • Development of positions to help administrators and/or administrative candidates support and advance instructional leadership

Map of Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Grant Recipients
STLE 1-3 and STLE-D Map

 

Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Competitive Grant Program Award Recipients
(October 31, 2012 – June 30, 2014)

Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness 2 Competitive Grant Program Award Recipients
(October 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015)

Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness 3 Competitive Grant Program
Preliminary Award Recipients (March 3, 2014 – June 30, 2015)

Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Dissemination Grant:
Principal Leadership Preliminary Award Recipients
(November 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015)


Engage-Envision-Elevate: From Initiatives to Systems

As we reflect on the past few years of the STLE grant, it is clear that we have collectively engaged in work that has challenged and enhanced our thinking and approaches. Most importantly, this work changed how we address the needs of our students and of our educators. The Office of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness strives to facilitate the creation of communities of practice, knowing that for many, the best way to address challenges is with the assistance of others engaged in similar work. To that end, this toolkit is a compilation of information, tools, and tips shared at the July 2014 Convening, “Engage-Envision-Elevate: From Initiatives to Systems”. This toolkit contains work from national experts, districts across the nation engaging in similar work, and most importantly tools and resources from our local districts.

Click here for a tutorial about the toolkit: Overview of the Engage-Envision-Elevate: From Initiatives to Systems Toolkit

Click here for the complete toolkit: Engage-Envision-Elevate: From Initiatives to Systems

Engage-Envision-Elevate: From Initiatives to Systems Convening Presentations
Videos and slide decks from the presentations that were used at the July 2014 Engage-Envision-Elevate: From Initiatives to Systems conference.

Engage-Envision-Elevate: From Initiatives to Systems Convening Video Clip
A video clip from Commissioner King's Keynote Address, Thursday, July 24

Reflections from the Engage-Envision-Elevate Convening: From Initiatives to Systems Convening
Educators talk about the value of the discussion, tools, and resources provided on July 24-25 as they transition from initiatives to strategic systemic work.


Improving Practice Video Spotlights

  • Video Collection: The Development of Career Pathways in the Greece Central School District
    School leaders and educators from the Greece Central School District share the specific objectives they set out to reach with Career Pathways, supported by an STLE grant. They outline their team approach, design thinking and future of innovation. They also describe the journey of challenges, messaging, turning points, and above all - the conviction that this work is a long-term commitment, not a token effort.

  • Article: New York Puts Spotlight on Teachers Engaging Parents
    In a recent USDE article, South Huntington School District, an STLE 1 and STLE 2 grantee, has been highlighted for their continued work on successfully using Teacher and Principal Leaders to engage families as authentic partners in their child’s education. The focus of their family engagement effort is to help parents understand New York’s new college- and career-ready standards, as well as to help families support their children’s learning and build understanding about the district’s transition to the Common Core State Standards.

  • Video: "Focus Walks" Foster Professional Growth in Huntington
    Watch how one school district is successfully using "Focus Walks" to collect data, analyze educator needs, and drive professional development offerings.

  • Video: Family Engagement in South Huntington
    Watch how one school district is successfully using Teacher and Principal Leaders to engage families as partners in education through a New York State Education Department grant.

  • Video from Fort Ann District
    Watch how one school district is successfully developing and supporting effective teachers and school leaders through the Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness program.

Resources

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Created on:
Mon 10/29/2012
Posted by NYSED
Topic(s):
Teacher/Leader Effectiveness