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New Report, Annual Convening

February 17, 2015
Our team is kicking into high gear for our annual educator effectiveness convening on Thursday and Friday. We are expecting state education agency staff from 13 SREB states to join us in exploring implementation solutions for educator evaluation systems.

On Thursday, we will release our latest addition to the Educator Effectiveness Series: Toward Trustworthy and Transformative Classroom Observations.

The report includes analysis on how states are framing observations, training observers, ensuring observation quality and building a culture of educator support, and recommendations on how states can move forward.

Print copies will be distributed to convening attendees and a PDF version will be posted online. Newsletter subscribers will receive a special alert with the report.
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Reading Corner

This post in the Hechinger Report about the academic skill of teachers caught our eye.
Debunking one myth about U.S. teachers


EE Team Calendar

February 19: Releasing report: Toward Trustworthy and Transformative Classroom Observations, Online

February 19 - 20: Hosting Implementation of Educator Evaluation Systems Convening: Implementation Solutions, Atlanta

February 26: Presenting focus group findings to State Board of Education, Oklahoma City


Elements of Evaluation: Professional Practice

Classroom observations, self-assessments, portfolios and professional learning plans all fall under the scope of how states can measure a teacher's practice.

What combination of measures is your state using? What measures are states in the SREB region using?

>Explore Current SREB State Policies

>Watch Demo on Elements of Evaluation Tool


Bill Tracker Updates

We have started uploading summaries of 2015 legislative bills to our online, interactive bill tracker.

We will continue to add summaries and update bill statuses as they become available. See what SREB state legislators are doing across eight key areas of educator effectiveness.

Meet Matt

Matt Smith joined SREB in 2013 from the Education Commission of the States, where he worked as a policy analyst in the Postsecondary and Workforce Development Institute. When he is not looking at budgets and managing team projects, Matthew tracks bills, writes policy briefs, and supports states and districts by responding to information requests and coordinating technical assistance.

Matt received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and a Master of Public Policy from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.
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