Florida Association for District School Superintendents

Empowering Effective Teachers

The Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) seeks to build on the existing partnership between the Hillsborough County School District and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation by working together to increase the implementation of Empowering Effective Teaching (EET) reforms throughout the state. In order to accomplish this, FADSS has identified three project outcomes that will serve as the foundation of this initiative.

These outcomes include the following:

  1. Increase the number of Florida school districts who are willing to move forward with EET reform initiatives.
  2. Develop capacity in selected school districts to implement EET reforms.
  3. Increase the number of key stakeholders statewide who publicly support EET reforms.

These outcomes represent a logical progression of full implementation beginning with building awareness, interest and commitment in EET reforms; continuing with the work of breaking down barriers and effectively focusing resources; supporting districts in their efforts to build capacity for reform; and enhancing statewide support as implementation spreads throughout the state.

Empowering Effective Teaching Convening Materials  

Empowering Effective Teaching Convening - May 1-2, 2013

Agenda
EET Peer Observation and Feedback

Statewide Convening on the Common Core State Standards - May 2, 2013

Agenda

DOE Common Core Toolkit

Addressing the Hot Topics
Adoption and Implementation Overview
Best practices for Communicating in your District
Comparing Florida's Standards: What Makes the Common Core State Standards Better for Florida's Students?
D. Coleman's Presentation
Writing Letters to the Editor

Algebra Nation: A Powerful E-Learning Ecosystem
Joy B. Schackow, Ph.D. & Philip Poekert, Ph.D.
UF Lastinger Center for Learning

Breakout Session 1: Dissecting the shifts
Elementary ELA Classrooms and the Common Core: The 6 shifts and Their Implications for Classroom Instruction
Tracie Bergman, Pinellas County School District

Breakout Session 2: Tools, resources and strategies in practice
Lake County Schools: Investing In Excellence! College and Career Readiness
Kati Pearson, Lake County School District

Literacy shifts and strategies in other secondary content areas (Part I)
Literacy shifts and strategies in other secondary content areas (Part II)
Sarah Poppe, Flagler County School District

Literacy Shifts in Other Secondary Content Areas 
ELA Tools: Literacy Design Collaborative
Astronaut High School LDC Module Presentation
Content Literacy Aligned with Anchor Standards
Nancy Gray & Patty Adams, Brevard County School District


Breakout Session 3: Tools, resources and strategies in practice
Literacy tools for secondary ELA/social studies Literacy Design Collaborative
Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) Links
Literacy Design Collaborative: Template Task Collection 1
Enacting Common Core in Classrooms
Christy Gabbard & Lynda Hayes, PK Yonge Developmental Research School

Accessing the Common Core: Literacy and Elnglish Language Learners
Sandy Rosario, Debra Bartlett-Estes & Lesleigh Lopez, Hillsborough County School District

Defining the Core Guide Sheet, Broward County School District
Defining the Core Math Guide Sheet, Broward County School District

Celebrating and Elevating Effective Teachers and Teaching (ECET2) - May 2-4, 2013

Agenda

Florida's ECET2 Video


PLENARY SESSION: Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project
Measuring Teaching with Teachers; Lessons from the Measures of Effective Teaching Project
Sarah Buhayar, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Brian Mulvaney video


PLENARY SESSION: Demystifying the Common Core
David Coleman video
Kate Gerson video
Debunking Common Core Myths

PLENARY SESSION:  How Three Teachers Changed Their Mindset About the Common Core
Dawn Norris
Thirstene Francisco
Sean Paris
"My Favorite No"

PLENARY SESSION:  Reimagining Teacher Leadership
Alesha Daughtrey presentation

Matt Walker video

TEACHER LEADERSHIP STORIES
Fear, courage and growing frog legs
Megan Allen, NBCT

Teacher leadership: What happens when we go from “what now” to “how”?
My Action Plan as a Teacher Leader
Alesha Daughtrey, Partnerships & Professional Learning


WORKSHOP SESSION 1: Dissecting the Shifts

1A. ELA shifts and strategies in elementary grades
Elementary ELA Classrooms and the Common Core: The 6 shifts and Their Implications for Classroom Instruction
Tracie Bergman, Pinellas County School District

1B. Math shifts in elementary grades
Introduction to the Common Core Mathematics Shifts
Heather Williams & Kymberly Taylor-Whitehurst, Volusia County School District

1C. ELA shifts in secondary grades
Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching (ECET2) 
ELA Shifts in Secondary Grades
Greg Cunningham, PK Yonge DR School & Chris Morris, NLP Partner

1D. Maths shifts in secondary grades
Math tools for secondary grades: Math Design Collaborative
Shelley Daniels and Gina Solano, Orange County School District

1E. Literacy shifts in other secondary content areas
Literacy Shifts in Other Secondary Content Areas
Nancy Gray & Patty Adams, Brevard County School District

WORKSHOP SESSION 2: Tools, Resources, and Strategies in Practice

2A. Literacy tools and resources for elementary ELA
Kim Ervin, Jon Spencer & Jerry Wright, Highlands County School District

2B. Math tools for elementary grades:
Thinking Math: The Tool for Teachers
Heather Williams & Kymberly Taylor-Whitehurst, Volusia County School District

2C. Literacy tools for secondary ELA: Literacy Design Collaborative
ELA Tools: Literacy Design Collaborative
Astronaut High School LDC Module Presentation
Content Literacy Aligned with Anchor Standards 
Nancy Gray & Patty Adams, Brenda Wright and Zulay Yon-Perdomo, Brevard County School District

2D. Literacy shifts and strategies in other secondary content areas
Literacy shifts and strategies in other secondary content areas (Part I)
Literacy shifts and strategies in other secondary content areas (Part II)
Sarah Poppe, Flagler County

2E. Literacy tools for secondary science: Literacy Design Collaborative
Lake County Schools: How do we revolutionize the way we teach, lead and learn for 21st Century success?
Andrea Pyatt, Lake County School District

2F. Strategies to Make the Common Core Accessible for ESE Students
Tracy Hinson and Iris Orlando, Hillsborough County School District

WORKSHOP SESSION 3: Tools, Resources, and Strategies in Practice

3A. Math tools for algebra: Algebra Nation
Joy Schackow and Amanda Shirley, Pinellas County

3B. Complex text and close reading in secondary ELA
Close Reading & Text Complexity: Selecting the best texts and strategies to engage and challenge our students
Lisa Jones-Farkas, Hillsborough County School District

3C. Math tools for secondary grades: Math Design Collaborative
Shelley Daniels and Gina Solano, Orange County

3D. Literacy tools for secondary ELA/solical studies: LDC tools
Glenda Gunter, Bianca French and Crystal Swilley, Union County

3E. Document analysis in elementary grades
5W's Document Analysis Sheet
Primary Sources: At the Heart of the Common Core State Standards
Photo Analysis Sheet
Written Document Analysis Worksheet
Christine Ferrer, Brevard County

3F. Literacy strategies to support ELL students access the the Common Core
Accessing the Common Core: Vocabulary In Content Literacy and English Language Learners
Sandy Rosario, Debra Bartlett-Estes & Lesleigh Lopez, Hillsborough County School District

WORKSHOP SESSION 4: Teacher Leadership 

4A. Teacher Leadership That Transforms: Taking Ideas into Ac7on
Rob Kriete & Julie Hiltz, Hillsborough County and Center for Teaching Quality

4B. Launchpad to Leadership Full-time Mentoring As A Pathway To Educational Leadership
Janet Gless, New Teacher Center 

4C. Successful Teachers Assisting Rising Teachers - START
Janet Gless, New Teacher Center

4D. Peer and mentor evaluators for teacher feedback and support
LEADING CHANGE FROM THE CLASSROOM, Hillsborough County’s Peer Evaluator Program “Helping Teachers Move Forward”
Carla Demming and Nicole Huff, Hillsborough County School District

4E. Parents and Teachers working together to support change
Melissa Erickson and Kim Henriquez, Hillsborough County School District

WORKSHOP SESSION 5: Teacher Leadership

5A. Give Yourself a BOOST: Building Opportunities for Outstanding, Successful Teacher-Leaders
Mella Baxter, Flagler County School District

5B. Blow the doors off your classrooms: Start a virtual learning community
Ryan Kinser, Hillsborough County

5C. Peer evaluators for feedback and support
Kim Ervin and Jennifer Raimondi, Highlands County

5D. Peer Assistance and Review - PAR
Peer Assistance and Review Presentation
The Ten Commandments of Leadership
The Impact of a PAR on Orange City
Sandra Archer and Holly Hepburn, Volusia County

5E. Building the next wave of leaders by supporting novice teachers
Lisa Mount and Kevin Drinkard, New Teacher Center


Empowering Effective Teaching and Leading - PAEC/FADSS Convening - April 9, 2013

Agenda

Highlands County - PAEC Presentation

Lake County - PAEC Presentation

Lake County Schools -- Career and College Readiness

MET Project: Gathering Feedback for Teaching
Combining High-Quality Observations with Student Surveys and Achievement Gains

Volusia County Schools Journey
SB736: TEACHER EVALUATIONS

Empowering Effective Teaching Convening – January 23-25, 2013

Agenda

DAY 1 -- January 23, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephen Fink, Executive Director
Center for Educational Leadership
University of Washington

Keynote: What do school leaders need to know to effectively evaluate teaching

One Size Doesn’t Fit All:  Different Ways to Measure Student Growth for Different Groups of Teachers
John Hussey, Battelle for Kids


DAY 2 -- January 24, 2013

Dr. Stephen Fink, Executive Director

Leading for Effective Teaching -- How School Systems Can Support Principal Success

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Empowering Effective Teaching Convening – September 11, 2012

Effective Teaching:How well are we doing? Sharing Good Practices
Cambridge

Batelle eToolkit

Batelle Comprehensive Human Capital Online Course

Empowering Effective Teachers Convening – June 19-20, 2011

Case Studies  

The five case studies below provide a clear, concise and candid summary of the multifaceted school reform work being done in Hillsborough County Public Schools under the Empowering Effective Teachers Initiative.

Empowering Effective Teachers Convening Materials – May 4-5, 2011  

Why Teacher Effectiveness?  

In order to achieve transformational results for students, we must focus on the heart of the educational experience: the learning partnership between teacher and student. The evidence is clear that teachers matter more than any other factor inside schools.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is investing in bold research and reform efforts to better understand what makes a teacher effective and to rethink the way we recruit, retain and evaluate teachers in our schools in order to improve student outcomes. 

Participating Districts  

The following Florida school districts are participating in the Empowering Effective Teachers initiative:

  • Duval
  • Escambia
  • Highlands
  • Pinellas
  • Polk
  • Okaloosa
  • St. Johns
  • St. Luice
  • Volusia

Empowering Effective Teacher Projects  

Resources  

Use of Evaluations:

  • Lessons Learned from the Center for Educator Compensation Reform's First 10 Case Studies, The Center for Educator Compensation Reform. Executive summary of lessons learned from 10 case studies following the planning behind and implementation of alternative compensation programs in schools and districts throughout the country.
    http://cecr.ed.gov/planning/perspectives/caseSummaries.cfm
  • TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, The Center for Educator Compensation Reform. This case summary details the development and implementation of TAP as a systemic reform to enhance teacher quality through differentiated compensation, professional development, career opportunities, and accountability.
    http://cecr.ed.gov/planning/perspectives/caseSummaries.cfm

Measuring Student Growth:

  • Teacher Evaluation 2.0, The New Teacher Project, October 2010. Report published by The New Teacher Project as a follow-up to 2009's The Widget Effect. Teacher Evaluation 2.0 is a guide that proposes six design standards that fair and rigorous evaluations should meet.
    http://www.tntp.org/files/Teacher-Evaluation-Oct10F.pdf
  • Problems with the Use of Student Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers, The Economic Policy Institute, August 29, 2010. Briefing paper that reviews technical evidence about the use of test scores to evaluate teachers, and concludes that any sound evaluation will involve a balancing of many factors that provide a more accurate view of what teachers can do.
    http://epi.3cdn.net/b9667271ee6c154195_t9m6iij8k.pdf
  • Enhancing Teacher Evaluation: Effective Practices for Evaluating Teachers of All Students, TQ Center Webcast, April 14, 2010. Presentations provide an overview of the major issues related to evaluating teachers of at-risk populations, including a discussion of the existing research, and a review of evaluation strategies and recommendations.
    http://www.tqsource.org/webcasts/evaluatingTeachers/webcast/
  • The Widget Effect, The New Teacher Project, 2009. Report that studies teacher evaluation and dismissal, concluding that current policies and systems overlook significant differences between teachers and that there is a tendency to treat all teachers as roughly interchangeable.
    http://widgeteffect.org/
  • Value-Added Models and the Next Generation of Assessments, Robert H. Meyer and Emin Dokumaci, Value-Added Research Center, University of Wisconsin–Madison, December 2009. This paper was presented by Robert H. Meyer at the Exploratory Seminar: Measurement Challenges Within the Race to the Top Agenda. The paper discusses some of the fundamental features of value-added models, with particular focus on the interaction between the design and interpretation of value-added models and the design and properties of student assessments.
    http://www.k12center.org/rsc/pdf/ MeyerDokumaciPresenterSession4.pdf
  • Practical Considerations for Using Value Added Models for Monitoring Teacher Effectiveness Value Added Modeling Meeting, Pete Goldschmidt, Sacramento, CA, October, 2008. Presentation focusing on the movement from status to growth measures, and the considerations and practical implications for this shift.
    http://www.ctc.ca.gov/seminars/VAM/Goldschmidt.pdf
  • The Other 69 Percent: Designing a Performance-Based Pay System for Teachers of Non-Tested Subjects and Grades, English Language Learners, and Students with Disabilities, Cynthia D. Prince, Vanderbilt University 2008 TIF Grantee Meeting, June 5-6, 2008. Presentation delivered at the 2008 TIF Grantee meeting discussing challenges involved in designing appropriate measures of performance to identify and reward effective teachers in untested grades and subjects, special education, and ELL.
    http://cecr.ed.gov/TIFgrantees/meetingPresentations/annualMeetingJune08.cfm
  • Measuring School Performance and the Efficacy of Instructional Practices: Value-Added Essentials, Dr. Robert Meyer, Value-Added Research Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Online tutorial by the Value-Added Research Center on building a value-added model.
    http://varc.wceruw.org/tutorials/Introduction_to_VA/START.html
  • The Oak Tree Analogy, Value Added Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Online tutorial by the Value-Added Research Center providing an introduction to value-added modeling.
    http://varc.wceruw.org/tutorials/Oak/index.htm

Principal Effectiveness:

  • Evaluating Principals: Balancing accountability with professional growth, New Leaders for New Schools, 2010. Report released by New Leaders for New Schools that offers policymakers and practitioners a bold vision for evaluation systems to drive increased principal effectiveness. The full report, executive summary, and one-page overview are found below.
    http://www.nlns.org/evaluating-principals.jsp
  • Measuring Principal Performance: How Rigorous are Commonly Used Principal Performance Assessment Instruments? Learning Point Associates, February 2010. This report provides results of a scan conducted by Learning Point Associates of principal performance assessments that are publicly available and rigorously tested that are useful for formative assessment purposes.
    http://www.learningpt.org/pdfs/QSLBrief2.pdf
  • Principal Evaluation, Tony Milanowski, Wisconsin Center for Education Research at University of Wisconsin – Madison & Patrick Schuermann, Vanderbilt University, June 8 & 9, 2009. Presentation delivered at the Teacher Incentive Fund grantee meeting in 2009 around goals and approaches to developing and implementing principal evaluation systems.
    http://cecr.ed.gov/news/annualMeetingJune09.cfm

Data Systems:

  • Considerations for Using Assessment Data to Inform Determinations of Teacher Effectiveness, Chris Domaleski and Richard Hill, Center for Assessment, April 29, 2010. White paper developed to assist assessment consortium members in identifying and addressing the conditions, challenges, and opportunities to help them respond to USED requirement that a common assessment must produce data to inform determinations of principal and teacher effectiveness.
    http://www.nciea.org/papers-UsingAssessmentData4-29-10.pdf
  • The Importance of Accurately Linking Instruction to Students to Determine Teacher Effectiveness, Battelle for Kids, October 2009. Paper focusing on the challenges in capturing teacher-student linkages, success stories of districts that have implemented this component, and the current state of educational data systems.
    http://portal.battelleforkids.org/BFK/images/Link_whitepagesApril2010web.pdf