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Making a Difference at the State Level: A Partnership Between a College of Education and a State Education Agency
Unformatted Document Text:  proposed changes in the teacher licensure system. The college of education involved in the design and implementation of this grant collaborated with the Public Education Department and the Commission on Higher Education on articulating the vision for the project, as well as providing ongoing research-based information and technical assistance as the work of the grant was developed over time. After the grant ended, the collaboration between the college of education and the Public Education has continued to respond to legislation that has resulted from these earlier efforts. The most recent mission of this alliance has been to orchestrate the design and implementation of the 3-Tiered Licensure System that aligns teacher salary levels with differentiated accountability. On the whole, levels of licensure correspond to a continuum of teacher development and accompanying performance expectations. The work begun in the Teacher Quality grant has resulted in a system that institutionalizes an emphasis on teacher quality that pervades every aspect of the work of teaching and learning in P-20 settings. B. Literature Review: A review of the literature on educational reform has indicated that teacher quality is one of the most important aspects of successful student learning. Often the most high need schools have the least experienced and prepared teachers. Recruitment and retention of teachers who can meet the needs of all students is a dominant concern in many communities. Colleges and Schools of Education can contribute to strengthening of teacher quality through outreach to communities and innovative approaches to collaboration with school districts, teachers and administrators, state education agencies, and policy makers that go beyond the traditional university structure (NCTAF, 2003; NGA, 2002; Zimpher & Howey, 2005) . C. Contributions: This proposal relates to Strand II: Picturing Expanded Alliances. This presentation will demonstrate how a college of education can have a pivotal role in creating a statewide accountability system for teacher performance through close collaboration with a public education department and other constituency groups. The accountability components of the 3-Tiered Licensure System that are the result of this collaboration is a key component of teacher quality reform in the state. The alliance described in the presentation, which broadly defines the work of a college of education, both encompassing degree and licensure programs and extending the mission of the college beyond traditional work, will impact the careers of all teachers in the state and the quality of teaching in all classrooms. Relevance: The presentation will include specific information about how the alliance between the college of education and the Public Education Department has contributed to policy and practice through the collection, analysis and dissemination of both qualitative and quantitative evidence. Another key area for discussion in this presentation will be exemplary practices that have emerged from the alliance. For example, the college of education has been charged with design, development, and oversight of the evaluation of the teacher assessment component for licensure advancement, called the Professional Development Dossier. In the first submission period for this dossier, over 1000 dossiers were reviewed. The results of this evaluation will be incorporated into the presentation, including implications for teacher preparation, professional development and identification of best teaching practices.

Authors: Mitchell, Rosalita., Florez, Viola., Winograd, Peter. and Ball, James.
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proposed changes in the teacher licensure system. The college of education involved in
the design and implementation of this grant collaborated with the Public Education
Department and the Commission on Higher Education on articulating the vision for the
project, as well as providing ongoing research-based information and technical assistance
as the work of the grant was developed over time. After the grant ended, the
collaboration between the college of education and the Public Education has continued to
respond to legislation that has resulted from these earlier efforts. The most recent
mission of this alliance has been to orchestrate the design and implementation of the 3-
Tiered Licensure System that aligns teacher salary levels with differentiated
accountability. On the whole, levels of licensure correspond to a continuum of teacher
development and accompanying performance expectations. The work begun in the
Teacher Quality grant has resulted in a system that institutionalizes an emphasis on
teacher quality that pervades every aspect of the work of teaching and learning in P-20
settings.
B. Literature Review: A review of the literature on educational reform has indicated
that teacher quality is one of the most important aspects of successful student learning.
Often the most high need schools have the least experienced and prepared teachers.
Recruitment and retention of teachers who can meet the needs of all students is a
dominant concern in many communities. Colleges and Schools of Education can
contribute to strengthening of teacher quality through outreach to communities and
innovative approaches to collaboration with school districts, teachers and administrators,
state education agencies, and policy makers that go beyond the traditional university
structure (NCTAF, 2003; NGA, 2002; Zimpher & Howey, 2005) .

C. Contributions: This proposal relates to Strand II: Picturing Expanded Alliances.
This presentation will demonstrate how a college of education can have a pivotal role in
creating a statewide accountability system for teacher performance through close
collaboration with a public education department and other constituency groups. The
accountability components of the 3-Tiered Licensure System that are the result of this
collaboration is a key component of teacher quality reform in the state. The alliance
described in the presentation, which broadly defines the work of a college of education,
both encompassing degree and licensure programs and extending the mission of the
college beyond traditional work, will impact the careers of all teachers in the state and the
quality of teaching in all classrooms.
Relevance: The presentation will include specific information about how the alliance
between the college of education and the Public Education Department has contributed to
policy and practice through the collection, analysis and dissemination of both qualitative
and quantitative evidence. Another key area for discussion in this presentation will be
exemplary practices that have emerged from the alliance. For example, the college of
education has been charged with design, development, and oversight of the evaluation of
the teacher assessment component for licensure advancement, called the Professional
Development Dossier. In the first submission period for this dossier, over 1000 dossiers
were reviewed. The results of this evaluation will be incorporated into the presentation,
including implications for teacher preparation, professional development and
identification of best teaching practices.


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