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States Lead in Finding Solutions

March 3, 2015
At the end of February, our team held SREB's third annual convening for state education agency staff on educator evaluation and feedback systems in Atlanta. Our staff stepped back to allow attendees the opportunity to share challenges and brainstorm possible solutions with one another.

This approach was successful. Attendees from each state offered a unique perspective on shared implementation challenges, from using collected data to improve system validity and impact, to building positive engagement with educators around student growth.

To further diversify the perspectives, we brought in a public health expert. Dirk Schroeder, professor at Emory University, delivered a keynote address on how the theory of positive deviance — studying and scaling positive outliers — could be applied to implementation challenges in education. We will share more detailed outcomes from the convening in our next newsletter.

The Educator Effectiveness Team
Southern Regional Education Board
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EE Team Calendar

March 3 - 4: Attending Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education, San Francisco

April 14 - 16: Attending CCSSO National Summit on Educator Effectiveness, Atlanta

April 30 - May 1: Presenting at SREB's Leadership Forum: "What have we learned about teacher effectiveness?", Atlanta


State Progress on Classroom Observation

This February 2015 report, Toward Trustworthy and Transformative Classroom Observations, presents an analysis of classroom observation policies and implementation in SREB states. It offers a closer look at how states are framing observations, training observers, ensuring observation quality and building a culture of educator support.

The report outlines recommendations on how states can move forward based on promising practices taking place in the SREB region, with a focus on creating a culture of professional support and growth. This is the second issue of SREB's Educator Effectiveness Series.

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Hit Refresh

Refresh your knowledge of educator legislation in SREB states with our online, interactive bill tracker. The latest update includes legislation spanning seven categories of legislation:
  • Compensation
  • Educator Evaluation
  • Employment
  • Placement
  • Preparation
  • Professional Learning
  • Recruitment
We will continue to add summaries and update bill statuses as they become available. Please provide feedback on the tool so we can continue to improve.


Meet Paul

Paul Pinsky joined SREB as a program consultant in December 2014. He has worked in the field of education for nearly 40 years, from teaching high school history to coaching to serving as the president of a large, local National Education Association affiliate in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Paul brings many skills to SREB, including interest-based problem solving, education policy development and years of work in teacher quality. Paul continues to serve in the Maryland Senate where he chairs the Education Subcommittee. He resides in University Park, Maryland.
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