Archive of Educator Effectiveness

Compensatory Leadership

on June 24th, 2013 in Blog by | 1 Comment

I had the opportunity to take part in a webinar last week with CCSSO and the New Hampshire State Consortium on Educator Effectiveness (SCEE) team. The NH team lead presented a problem of practice for consultation. In the process, she was asking great questions about the roles of principals in…

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No Two Students Are the Same: The Potential of Competency-based Education

on September 17th, 2012 in Blog by | 1 Comment

I am a mother.  And this may shock you, I often resort to reading child-rearing books – usually about discipline.  Uncover your mouths.  It’s true.  The other day I came across a statement from Alan E. Kazdin, the Director of the Yale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic, in a…

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Seeing Through and Beyond

on April 2nd, 2012 in Blog by | 2 Comments

I just opened an email from a colleague asking me if I could help her find an article she needed for her work with local district administrators across the state. She was looking for The Singular Power of One Goal (Sparks, 1999) to encourage superintendents and principals to consider the…

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Instructional Rounds: A Powerful Reform Strategy

on September 29th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

Collaboration, networking, school improvement, instructional support, a collaborative learning culture, knowledge building, and rigorous and relevant teaching—these are all attributes and practices school reformers strive for by awarding funds, promulgating rules, instituting strategic plans, launching training initiatives, and extending promises to stakeholders. One approach that truly advances all of these…

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Fullan Challenges Reformers to Think About Whole System Reform

on May 16th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

The aspiration to “close the gap” in test scores between students of color and whites has been the focus of public policy makers for some time.  Policy makers have established the expectation that schools must do more to ensure that all students of every income, race/ethnicity, language background, and disability…

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SCEE National Summit on Educator Effectiveness

on May 9th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

Two weeks ago, several West Wind Education Policy Inc. staff were in Washington, D.C. to lead the inaugural SCEE National Summit on Educator Effectiveness, Transforming State Systems for the Future.  SCEE, the State Consortium on Educator Effectiveness, was convened by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in the…

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Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color: A Demographic Imperative

on January 10th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

Policy makers and educational leaders recognize the need to increase the racial and cultural diversity of the teacher work force in the United States. Recruiting and retaining teachers of color is considered a “demographic imperative” to address concerns about a predominantly white teacher workforce and to counter the mismatch between…

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Measuring Effectiveness: What Will It Take?

on December 1st, 2010 in Educator Effectiveness by | No Comments

View the Article on ASCD As the dust settles from the flurry of activity surrounding the education stimulus package and the new programs it created—such as Race to the Top, Investing in Innovation, and the School Improvement Grants—a clear message has taken shape: Federal policy now focuses on teacher “effectiveness”…

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National Teaching Standards

on October 1st, 2010 in Educator Effectiveness by | No Comments

Purchase the Full Article School districts and school boards traditionally have had the authority to evaluate their teachers and principals, but new programs coming out of the U.S. Department of Education, including Race to the Top and proposals for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, call for states to…

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National Organization Calls for Equity Along With Excellence

on June 19th, 2010 in Blog by | No Comments

West Wind helps to write a new white paper on education workforce development that calls for equity in education.

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