Developing Teachers and Leaders: Apply to Work with SEED Grantees on Teacher and Principal Effectiveness

Sign Up Now to Be One of Four States or Districts Selected
Jan 12, 2017

Large investments of federal money have been flowing to states and districts through Title II to help develop effective teachers and school leaders. Yet the notion that we know how to help educators improve through professional development may just be a mirage. In the face of rigorous evidence that professional development often doesn’t produce results, more voices have chimed in saying we need to redefine and retool professional development and related educator effectiveness policies.

To help address this situation, the federal Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) asked Mathematica to select four states or districts to partner with national nonprofits to help design, implement, and improve their educator development initiatives. States and districts can receive this assistance at no cost. The partners are U.S. Department of Education Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grantees that are implementing evidence-based preparation and development solutions in a wide range of schools and districts across the country.

If you are interested in participating, complete this form to express interest in the partnerships. You can also learn more about the partnerships by registering here for a webinar on January 25 at 12 p.m. EST. Send questions to Steven Malick at smalick@mathematica-mpr.com. More information about the partnerships is below.

What topics can the partnerships address? The partnerships can focus on any of these topics:

  • Expanding the teacher pipeline for hard-to-staff schools and subject areas
  • Increasing the diversity of the teacher workforce
  • Strengthening principal preparation and development
  • Establishing new leadership pathways for teachers and principals
  • Using feedback and coaching to improve teachers’ classroom instruction
  • Preparing teachers to implement college- and career-ready standards
  • Building networks to support system-wide change to educator development

Who are the partners? The partners, which are leaders in creating pathways toward teacher and principal effectiveness and equity, include the following:

  • National Center for Teacher Residencies
  • National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform
  • National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
  • National Institute for School Leadership
  • National Writing Project
  • New Leaders
  • New Teacher Center
  • Teach For America
  • WestEd

How does the partnership work? Each partnership will begin with a kickoff meeting for the participating district, state, or organization and the SEED grantee to meet one another, lay out the goals of the partnership, and discuss the activities needed to accomplish these goals. The partnerships will be structured as monthly sessions, by phone or online, when participants can receive feedback and guidance on their educator development initiative from their SEED grantee partner. The partnership will be part of a broader online community of states and districts actively working on educator development issues.

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Who is eligible to participate? This opportunity is designed for state and local education agencies, educator preparation programs, and other organizations that are actively working to improve teacher and principal preparation or development. This could include states designing an educator development strategy for their Every Student Succeeds Act plans, as well as districts implementing a new approach to coaching teachers or seeking new career paths for teachers or principals.

Are there other opportunities to participate and receive assistance? We are building an online community of states and districts actively working on teacher and principal development topics. This online community will be available to a broader group beyond the four organizations selected for the partnerships and we will be hosting webinars and forums. Agencies and organizations that express interest in the partnerships using this form will receive information about this online community.  

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