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Resources From Communities for Teaching Excellence

Launched in 2010 to help support four communities ensure effective teaching in every classroom, Communities for Teaching Excellence has closed, passing the baton to local organizations who’ve built the capacity to lead the work. “A key goal from the inception of our organization was to support local groups, providing them information, tools, communications collateral, and technical assistance to mobilize and advocate around the most critical in-school reform factor in student achievement: teaching effectiveness,” said Yolie Flores, CEO of Communities for Teaching Excellence.

“Over the past two years, our partners in Memphis, Pittsburgh, Hillsborough County, and Los Angeles have begun to devote a great deal of their effort to building support for teaching effectiveness policies. We are proud to have played a key role in advancing this work. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which incubated C4TE, will continue to support many of our partner organizations in continuing these efforts.

“I am especially proud of the contributions of our staff. They brought tremendous talents, passion, and conviction to our mission: that every student deserves an effective teacher in every classroom, every year. We close this chapter feeling privileged to have been part of igniting and fueling the movement for better schools. We are confident that our partners in each of the four districts in which we worked – and others across the country – will continue and grow the movement to make positive change for students.”

Communities for Teaching Excellence Resources

TE2 Community Briefs

We conducted an extensive review of the work being done around teaching effectiveness and equity TE2 and determined that a majority of the work tends to be either lengthy academic research reports or short op-eds or blogs. Few, if any documents are intended to educate and engage the community. The TE2 Community Briefs fill this void, by providing the reader with a comprehensive, research-supported summary of select TE2 topics, including examples of states and school districts that are doing this work.

Parents Corner

An important element to ensuring all students are prepared for success in college and career is to ensure that parents, guardians and schools are full partners in our children’s education. Here are some links to resources to help parents and guardians guide and support their children academically, enabling them to be full partners in improving educational outcomes for students.

Issues-at-a-Glance

Want to speak up at a school board meeting on the need for fair evaluations, but need more information? Writing an op-ed or letter to the editor about career ladders in your district? Putting together a presentation on professional development? Need to know some background on an issue, what the research says about it, implications for teaching effectiveness and equity, and examples of states and/or districts doing the work? Look no further! Check out our one-page, easy-to-read “Issues-at-a-Glance” documents.

Value-Added Modeling (VAM)

Value-Added Modeling (VAM) is a popular tool among economists and statisticians, and is now gaining popularity among education researchers and school administrators. In education, the use of VAM is becoming more common because it can be used to evaluate individual teacher’s impact on changes in student achievement.

Specifically, VAM measures the impact of an individual teacher or school in a given year, based on changes or the amount of growth, in student achievement. VAM is designed to separate out the effects of teachers and schools from the influences of other factors such as family income, language proficiency, and disability status — factors considered beyond the control of the teachers and schools that could impact student achievement.