The Aspen Education and Society Program Digital Resource Library

Federal Policy

Leveraging Learning

How can federal policy make education research more timely and relevant for the field without sacrificing rigor? What is the future of the federal investment in education research?

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Teacher Leadership Teacher Leadership: Finding a New Way

Distributing leadership to top teachers can elevate both the profession and student learning. Finding a New Way outlines how to create a vision for, launch, and learn from teacher leadership systems.

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Evaluating Evaluation The Power of Teacher Surveys

To convert teacher evaluation information into more effective teaching, educators need to embrace a culture of ongoing, two-way feedback and a commitment to continuous improvement. Ross Wiener and Kasia Lundy explain how teacher surveys can advance this work.

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State Policy Teaching to the Core

Ten practical system suggestions to state leaders on how to ensure teaching at a high level by integrating teacher effectiveness and the Common Core work into a transformative whole.

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Beyond Buy-In Partnering with Practitioners for Teacher Evaluation in Denver

Beyond Buy In investigates how Denver's approach to a new educator effectiveness system unfolded and how it can inform the work of other system leaders nationwide.

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Implementing the Common Core A Primer on Close Reading of Text

The emphasis on close reading in the Common Core necessitates new instructional strategies for literacy. This overview of the practice and implications of close reading provides actionable advice for practitioners and policymakers as they seek to elevate literacy instruction for all students.

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Putting the Pieces in Place Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools' Teacher Evaluation System

The two top priorities in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools' Strategic Plan 2014 Teaching Our Way to the Top are: focusing on equitable instruction district-wide, and creating a performance-oriented culture based on continuous improvement and accountability for results. See what they've learned from implementing this work.

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Means to an End A Guide to Developing Teacher Evaluation Systems

Teacher evaluation has emerged as a key strategy for improving student outcomes in public education. This guide is designed to help school systems and states design evaluation systems that support teacher growth and development. This focus is critically important because early work in leading districts suggests that the overwhelming majority of teachers fall in the middle range of the performance continuum. For these teachers, supporting improvement is critical.

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Building It Together The Design and Implementation of Hillsborough County Public Schools' Teacher Evaluation System

Hillsborough County Public Schools has launched a teacher evaluation system that has attracted attention from educators and policy makers across the country. Centralized, collaborative, communications-driven and adaptable are key characteristics of Hillsborough's approach. The system consists of two main components: observation of instruction and teachers' value-added scores, based on student test results.

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