At our educator effectiveness convening, Emory University professor Dirk Schroeder described the positive deviance approach for studying positive outliers who can inspire solutions to implementation challenges in education.
What happens in a child’s first three years of life has deep and
long-lasting implications for success in school and life. Studies
show that how many words children are exposed to by age 3, their
mothers’ education level, and the stress of poverty are huge
factors in whether or not they are ready for kindergarten at age
Accelerating improvement was the focus of the Carnegie Foundation Summit I attended on March 2 – 4. Drawing on examples from their own work, education leaders including Commissioner Terry Holliday (KY), Superintendent Lillian Lowery (MD) and Assistant Commissioner Emily Freitag (TN) taught us about the core principles of improvement science:
We believe a shared vision for educator evaluation is important. So, we asked attendees at our third annual convening to tell us their vision. This is what they said.
In February 2015, state agency staff from 13 states gathered in Atlanta to discuss solutions to implementing high-quality educator evaluation and feedback systems.
SREB’s Commission on College Affordability in the South convened in New Orleans in December 2014 for its second meeting to focus state policies on increasing the students’ ability to pay for and complete college. Members learned what the research tells us about affordability’s effects on enrollment and completion and heard about promising practices in two states, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Pinellas Park Middle School is about as challenging a school as
you can find in Florida. The state has assigned it a grade of D
for the past several years. All of its students receive free
lunch. Twenty-three percent of its students have already been in
some form of drop-out prevention program prior to enrolling at
The Florida Turnaround Leaders Program is a big hit in Florida that will ultimately result in better principals, better schools, and higher-performing students. “This program has provided the best professional development I have ever experienced in my 25 years as an educator,” said one participant.
State of the State on Teachers
Teacher compensation, training, hiring and professional development prominent 2014 speeches
In several recent 2014 State of the State addresses in SREB states, governors outlined broad educational priorities in pre-K, K-12 and higher education, with some proposing policy changes related to educator effectiveness in particular.