Recent TIF Grant Recipients to Present at Ed Trust Conference

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Growing evidence of teacher impact on student learning, particularly for struggling students, has sparked efforts to encourage effective teachers to bring their skills to the schools that need them most. One such effort is the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants, which focus on overhauling high-need schools’ human capital systems to motivate effective educators to teach there. Two from among the latest round of TIF grant recipients will present at the 2012 Ed Trust National Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8-9.

The Department of Education recently named the 35 recipients included in the fourth cohort of TIF grants, which will benefit nearly 1,000 high-poverty schools. Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida and New Haven Public Schools in Connecticut, both of which will present at the Ed Trust National Conference, received grants to build on current efforts to develop more rigorous teacher evaluation systems. The TIF grants will help them identify, develop, and reward excellent teachers. 

In a session titled “Implementing Rigorous Teacher Evaluation Systems: Lessons learned,” leaders from these school jurisdictions will talk about the challenges and successes they experience as they put these new systems in place. We look forward to coming together with equity-minded educators, advocates, and policymakers from across the county who are focused on raising achievement and closing gaps for all students. We hope you will join us.

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—Melissa Tooley