Educator Excellence

Greatness by Design – Supporting Outstanding Teaching for a Golden State

The CA CC is working closely with the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to implement recommendations from the Educator Excellence Task Force report, Greatness by Design (GbD). The CA CC is supporting CDE to identify helpful resources and implementation models; develop Professional Learning Standards and related quality indicators; and identify and develop models that local educational agencies can use for teacher and principal evaluation.

Work Highlights

Superintendent’s Quality Professional Learning Standards

Greatness by Design, a report written by the California Educator Excellence Task Force, identifies professional learning standards as a cornerstone of California’s professional learning system. The Quality Professional Learning Standards (QPLS) were drafted by a Core Design Team of educators and reviewed twice by multiple stakeholder groups. The QPLS present a common foundation of evidence-based practices to apply when making decisions about professional learning for teachers and administrators.

Professional Learning System Review: A Companion Tool for the Quality Professional Learning Standards

This tool, co-developed by the California Department of Education and the California Comprehensive Center, supports educators to collaboratively engage in careful study and analysis about whether or not they are implementing professional learning that is based upon sound research, strategies, and practices.

Greatness by Design Statewide Implementation Meeting Proceedings

On February 15, 2013 representatives from education organizations across California came together to discuss implementing recommendations from Greatness by Design – Supporting Outstanding Teaching to Sustain a Golden State. These proceedings describe the day-long meeting, which included an overview of current and planned work by the CDE and CTC and input from participants about how their organizations could help.

Principal Evaluation

Resources Collection – From the School Turnaround Learning Community (STLC)

This collection provides examples and features of effective principal evaluation systems employed by states and districts. Resources include considerations for developing local systems, examples of implementation and resources in support of these systems, and literature reviews identifying themes and perspectives that might be useful to practitioners and policymakers working to improve district principal evaluation systems.

The collection, curated by the California Comprehensive Center, can be useful for both research and practice purposes, providing multiple examples of current principal evaluation policies and systems. Information in this collection can be used to support states and districts in identifying some of the resources to be considered in taking appropriate next steps to evaluate school leaders, design an evaluation method, and/or buy a program or service.

View the Collection on the School Turnaround Learning Community website.