Preparing Effective Teachers and Principals Meeting Resources

6/17/2015

Photo of some of the meeting attendees interacting at a session.Twenty-three legislators from 18 states gathered in Colorado Springs on May 16-17, 2015, to attend NCSL’s invitational meeting, Preparing Effective Teachers and Principals: Legislators Leading the Way.

Legislators learned about legislative efforts in other states, strategized with experts and colleagues, and developed a plan for future action on teacher and principal preparation.

View the gallery to see images from the meeting and read below for a meeting summary, agenda, and speaker presentations. 

NCSL wishes to thank the Joyce Foundation and the Wallace Foundation for their support of this meeting. 

Meeting Highlights 

The meeting focused on:

  • Review of Latest Research on Teacher and Leadership Preparation
  • Building Teacher and Principal Pipelines
  • Preparation Program Approval and the Role of Standards and National Accreditation
  • New Approaches to Licensure and Certification
  • The Role of Data in Evaluating Preparation

Meeting Objectives 

  • Develop an understanding of the research, best practices and policy strategies available to states to improve teacher and principal preparation.
  • Work with experts and colleagues from around the country to apply lessons of research and practice to state policy problems.
  • Develop a plan for action in legislator’s own state. 

Agenda

Saturday, May 16

9:45 a.m.-Noon

 

 

 

Optional Nature Walk with NCSL Staff

For those who arrive early and wish to participate, NCSL staff will lead a nature walk at the nearby Garden of the Gods. Please meet in the main lobby at 9:45 a.m. if you wish to participate. The group will depart at 10 a.m. and return at 11:45 a.m.

 

Noon-1:45 p.m.

Centennial II

Main Level

 

 

 

 

 

2 -2:30 p.m.

Grand Rivers Gallery
Lower Level

Preconference Lunch: Preparing Better Teachers Through Clinical Residency Programs

Teacher preparation with intensive hands-on and practical training such as teacher residencies can be effective strategies to retain teachers, increase student achievement, and target high need districts.  For those who arrive early and wish to participate, experts at Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates, in partnership with Urban Teacher Residency United (UTRU), will lead an informal conversation around the role of states in ensuring quality clinical preparation opportunities. 

 

Registration

 

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Arkansas/Platte
Lower Level

 

Welcome and Introductions and Discussion

  • Michelle Exstrom, Education Program director, NCSL
  • Kelly Latterman, Education research analyst II, NCSL

Resources

3:30-5 p.m.  

Arkansas/Platte
Lower Level

Preparing Great Principals and Teachers:  Why It Matters So Much

Teachers are the most important school-related factor for improving student achievement.  Students with effective teachers can make great gains; students with poor teachers unfortunately do not. Great school principals are the key to turning around low-performing schools and have a very clear impact on student achievement.  Legislators will hear from experts about the importance of ensuring all teachers are well-prepared for today’s classrooms and what research says about strategies are most successful.

 

Moderator

  • Angela Minnici, principal researcher, Education Program, and director, Education Policy Center, American Institutes of Research, Washington, D.C.

Speakers

  • Zeyu Xu, principal researcher, Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research and American Institutes of Research, Washington, D.C.
  • Andy Cole, consultant, The Wallace Foundation, Virginia

Resources

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Main Level

 

 

6:30-9 p.m.

Remington I & II
Main Level

Joint Reception on Grand Rivers Terrace

Meeting participants will join legislators and staff attending the Education Standing Committee meeting for a joint reception.

 

Dinner and Discussion:  Building a Candidate Pipeline

Getting teacher and principal candidates into the pipeline can be challenging, especially for hard-to-staff schools and subjects.  Legislators will hear about policies and programs that have proven successful.

 

Moderator

  • Michelle Exstrom, Education Program director, NCSL

Speakers

  • Sandra Lochhead-Price, director, School Leader Pathways and Development, Denver Public Schools
  • Jane Turner, executive director, Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancements, South Carolina

Resources

Sunday, May 17

 

 

8-9:15 a.m.

Arkansas/Platte
Lower Level

Program Approval:  State Policy Levers and the Role of Standards and National Accreditation

Experts will provide legislators with an overview of approaches states might consider to tighten program approval and an update on the new, rigorous national accreditation standards.

 

Moderator

  • Mary-Dean Barringer, Strategic Initiatives director, Education Workforce, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, D.C.

Speakers

  • Andy Cole, consultant, The Wallace Foundation, Virginia
  • Mark LaCelle-Peterson, vice president, Policy and Programs, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, D.C.

 

 

9:30-10:45 a.m.

Arkansas/Platte
Lower Level

New Approaches to Licensure and Certification

Legislators will learn about new policy trends in licensure and certification to improve the quality of teachers and principals, including adoption of rigorous standards, tiered systems, evaluation-based licensure and rigorous performance assessments.

 

Moderator

  • Angela Minnici, principal researcher, Education Program, and director, Education Policy Center, American Institutes of Research, Washington, D.C.

Speakers

  • Fred Brown, deputy executive director, Learning Forward, Texas
  • Mary-Dean Barringer, Strategic Initiatives director, Education Workforce, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, D.C.
  • Linda McKee, senior director, Performance Management and Research, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, D.C.

Resources

 

 

11 a.m.-Noon

Arkansas/Platte
Lower Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noon-12:30 p.m.

Mountain View Dining Room – Main Level

 

The Role of Data in Evaluating Teacher and Principal Preparation

Experts will discuss how states link K-12 and teacher preparation data and how data can be used to inform preparation program improvement.  Legislators will also learn about new federal teacher preparation evaluation requirements that are worrisome for states.

 

Moderator

  • Brennan McMahon Parton, associate director, State Policy and Advocacy, Data Quality Campaign, Washington, D.C.

Speakers

  • Charles Coble, co-founder and partner, Teacher Preparation Analytics,North Carolina
  • Katrina Miller, senior program associate, Education Workforce, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, D.C.
  • Lee Posey, senior committee director, NCSL

Resources

Discussion and Policy Plans

Legislators will have the opportunity to discuss what they have learned and to further develop their plans for work on teacher and leadership preparation for when they return to their state.

 

Moderator

  • Kelly Latterman, Education research analyst II, NCSL

Resources

12:30 p.m.

Meeting Adjourns – Brunch Buffet Available in Mountain View Dining Room

 

 

Meeting Materials

Additional Resources

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