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Educator Effectiveness Alliance (EE)

The REL West Educator Effectiveness Alliance (EE) is a regional group of state education agency (SEA) leaders that originally came together in 2010 to collectively learn about ways to advance federal priorities around educator effectiveness, including strengthening observation and feedback for teachers and administrators. Today, these SEA leaders are seeking to continue to refine and/or expand their systems of professional support for educators, and, in turn, improve retention among their teachers and principals. This is especially salient given shortages in particular schools and/or subject areas. Education leaders in all four states are interested in using federal Title II Part A funds more strategically and for greater impact, including understanding ways to design and implement effective, efficient, and technology-enriched supports for teachers and leaders.

Partnership Objectives

As part of this alliance, staff will focus on:

  • Expanding implementation of evidence-based supports for educators.
  • Increasing understanding of innovative approaches to blended (online and face-to-face) professional learning.
  • Improving retention among teachers and principals.

Projects

Regional Convening for State Education Agencies. A series of knowledge and skill building events on priority topics for expanding evidence-based supports for principals and teacher leaders as a way to improve job satisfaction and retention among educators.

Coaching on Leadership Development. Customized coaching, between events, with individual SEA teams to apply evidence-based decisionmaking to align state support and guidance for LEAs with high-quality research on leadership development and educator retention.

Formative Assessment and Self-Regulated Learning. Research, coaching, and events on a blended-learning professional development approach to formative assessment, including an examination of how teachers’ use of formative assessment practices relates to students’ self-regulated learning.

Partners

Alliance membership includes key staff and leaders from the Educator and School Excellence, K–12 Standards, and Support and Innovation Units of the Arizona Department of Education (ADE); the Professional Learning Support Division of the California Department of Education (CDE); the California Comprehensive Center; the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (CGTL) at the American Institutes for Research; Educator and Effectiveness and Family Engagement Division and the Office of Educator Development and Support at the Nevada Department of Education (NDE); Teaching and Learning Division at the Utah State Board of Education (USBE); and the West Comprehensive Center.