Communications and Engagement
The ESE Educator Evaluation Team's Mission:
To improve professional growth and student learning, ESE is committed to ensuring the success of the statewide Educator Evaluation framework by providing educators with training materials and resources, meaningful guidance, timely communications, and by engaging educators in the development and ongoing refinement of the framework.
In pursuit of this mission, ESE is committed to the following strategic communications objectives:
Teach: Teaching the components of the Educator Evaluation framework and sharing implementation resources to build capacity within districts and schools.
Learn: Learning from and with educators about their successes, challenges, and needs to ensure educator voices are reflected in Educator Evaluation policies and practices.
Connect: Connecting and aligning Educator Evaluation implementation with other state and district initiatives to improve professional growth and student learning; creating opportunities for educators to connect and share with one another and ESE.
Apply Now for ESE's 2016-17 Teacher and Principal Advisory Cabinets!
ESE is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 Teacher and Principal Advisory Cabinets. Educators on the Cabinets provide critical feedback and input on ESE policies and resources! Members increase their knowledge of state education policies, build relationships with ESE staff and educators across the state, and position themselves as go-to resources and leaders in their districts.
Applications are due by May 31st.
The Teacher Advisory Cabinets are open to all educators who work with students across grade levels and content areas-including specialists, coaches, and specialized instructional support personnel.
The Principal Advisory Cabinets are open to all school-level administrators, including principals, assistant principals, department c hairs, and charter school leaders.
When applying, educators will have the option to select a Cabinet in the eastern part of the state (meeting in Malden) or the central/western part of the state (meeting west of Worcester). The Cabinets will meet 5 times during the 2016-17 school year, beginning with a full day kickoff meeting in September. Meeting dates and times are listed in the applications.
To learn more about the Cabinets, check out the 2014-15 Teacher Advisory Cabinet Summary and Principal Advisory Cabinets Summary .
Communications and Engagement Resources
|Teachers' Top Three from ESE|
Teachers' Top Three is a direct communication from ESE to teachers. Every other week, we'll highlight resources and information relevant to teachers' work, reflection pieces written by current teachers, and upcoming opportunities to engage with ESE. We'll keep it short and to the point-selecting the top three items we think teachers will find most interesting.|
We also invite you to connect with other teachers across the state and ESE staff on Twitter. Find us at @MASchoolsK12 and use #Top3fromESE to discuss items from this newsletter or suggest new topics. If you're interested in writing a short piece for a future edition or have feedback or questions, contact us at Top3fromESE@doe.mass.edu.
|Educator Effectiveness Newsletter|
|Intended to be a resource for all educators and other stakeholders, the newsletter is distributed via email every other month.
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|Teacher and Principal Advisory Cabinets|
|Educator engagement is critical to informing our work of building school and district capacity to promote educator effectiveness work. ESE began convening two statewide principal advisory cabinets in 2011 and launched a statewide teacher advisory cabinet in 2014.
Learn more about these cabinets, including meeting topics, feedback shared with ESE, and their members by reading the summaries below.
Teacher Advisory Cabinet 2014-15 Report
Principal Advisory Cabinets 2014-15 Report
Principal Advisory Cabinets 2011-14 Summary
Teacher Advisory Cabinet 2013-14 Pilot Summary
|Professional Learning Networks|
|In 2015-16, ESE is partnering with districts through two Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) focused on educational equity and distributed leadership.|
Overview of ESE's Distributed Leadership Professional Learning Network
Overview of ESE's Educational Equity Professional Learning Network
During the 2014-15 school year, ESE worked in close partnership with 10 districts focused on expanding current teacher leader roles and 8 districts focused on supporting evaluator capacity.
Resources from ESE's Professional Learning Network for Supporting Evaluator Capacity
Resources from ESE's Teacher Leadership Professional Learning Network
Overview: Educator Effectiveness Professional Learning Networks
|ESE's Spring Convening 2015: Building Momentum, Sharing Success|
|On May 27th and 28th, 2015, educators across the state came together to share promising practices that support our shared goal of all students having access to effective teachers and leaders. The 750 participants included teachers, school administrators, district leaders, local union and association leaders, and representatives from educator preparation programs. Access materials from the event.|
|External Research Study of MA Evaluation Framework|
|The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) has contracted with an external research team led by SRI International, an independent non-profit organization, to study implementation of the new Educator Evaluation framework. Learn more about the findings from the study, ESE's responses to the findings, and the research design.|