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Educator Effectiveness

Research Alliance Quicktabs

Research alliances connect practitioners, researchers, and policymakers around regional education challenges. Alliances are tasked with addressing these challenges through regional research, technical assistance, and dissemination projects. Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest supports eight alliances.

Carrie Scholz

Alliance Lead
Carrie Scholz, Senior Researcher at AIR
cscholz@air.org
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Alliance GoalsAlliance Goals

The Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance (EERA) provides the Midwest states with research and technical assistance to identify and retain effective educators and to support state efforts to provide an excellent educator for every student. EERA’s primary goal is to support states’ efforts to design and implement research-based tools and strategies that drive continuous improvement efforts to enhance student outcomes.

Guiding Research QuestionsGuiding Research Questions

  1. What research methods are best for examining past and future teacher staffing patterns in Minnesota?
  2. What are the most reliable ways to evaluate teachers?
  3. What are the most common types of teacher leadership roles, and what competencies and early indicators of knowledge, skills, and dispositions does a teacher need in each role?
  4. What types of school-based strategies prepare teachers for, and support them, in leadership roles?
  5. What types of district-level strategies prepare teachers for, and support them in leadership roles?

 

Carrie Scholz

Alliance Lead
Carrie Scholz, Senior Researcher at AIR
cscholz@air.org
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Please connect with us for more information about the alliance or to get involved.

Alliance MembersAlliance Members

Caitlin Beatson, Indiana Department of Education

Stephen Best, Michigan Department of Education

Leah Breen, Michigan Department of Education

Erika Bolig, Michigan Department of Education

Erin Doan, Minnesota Board of Teaching

Greg Keith, Minnesota Department of Education

Tyler Livingston, Minnesota Department of Education

Matt Ludwig, Iowa Department of Education

Kevin McHenry, Minnesota Department of Education

Pam Miller, Minnesota Association of School Administrators

Hue Nguyen, Minnesota Department of Education

Nels Onstad, Minnesota Department of Education

Katie Rainey, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Jamie Skjeveland, Minnesota Association of School Administrators

Joanne Tubbs, Iowa Department of Education

Alliance MembersAlliance Researchers

Liz Barkowski, Ph.D., Senior Researcher

Yinmei Wan, Ph.D., Researcher

Jill Walston, Ph.D., Senior Researcher

 

Technical Assistance ProjectsTechnical Assistance Projects Develop systems, surveys, and other tools to help stakeholders apply data to their work

Pilot Survey Data Analyses for Minnesota Teacher Evaluation Surveys (2014–15)

Goal: To help the Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance evaluate the results of pilot tests of MDE’s student engagement survey. This survey will be a component of MDE’s teacher evaluation model.

Activities:

  • Perform psychometric analyses of the pilot data and provide research alliance members with information as they consider revisions to the surveys.
  • Present the results to MDE to build the research alliance’s capacity to understand the steps involved in evaluating survey quality.

Survey Development and Pilot for Teacher Survey for Principal Development and Evaluation (2015-16)

Goal: To help the Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance develop, pretest, and pilot a Teacher Survey to be used as a component of MDE’s principal evaluation model.

Activities:

  • Work with MDE to consider existing surveys of principal effectiveness, select scales, and write survey items as needed to create a first survey draft.
  • Conduct cognitive interviews with teachers and focus groups with principals to inform survey development.
  • Work with MDE to revise the survey based on pretesting results and develop pilot plans.
  • Work with MDE to prepare a guidance document about how to administer and use the survey.
  • Perform psychometric analyses of the resulting pilot survey data and provide research alliance members with information as they consider revisions to the surveys.
  • Present the results to MDE to build the research alliance’s capacity to understand the steps involved in evaluating survey quality.

Using Surveys to Assess the Implementation of Teacher Evaluation Systems in Minnesota Districts and Charters (2015-16)

Goal: To help the Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance develop, pretest, and pilot a set of surveys that MDE and districts can use to gather information on the implementation of teacher evaluation systems.

Activities:

  • Work with MDE to create draft surveys which include questions aligned to Minnesota’s teacher evaluation framework.
  • Conduct cognitive interviews with teachers and administrators to assess the clarity and completeness of the draft surveys and prepare surveys for pilot testing.
  • Analyze the pilot data to evaluate the quality of the questions.
  • Present pilot results to alliance members and guide MDE staff in revising and finalizing the surveys.
  • Work with MDE to prepare a guidance document about how to administer and use the surveys.

Strategies and Resources for Supporting Teacher Leadership (2016)

Goal: To help the Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance promote teacher leadership through the development of a toolkit ddesigned to help teachers, schools, and LEAs prepare for teacher leadership roles.

Activities:

  • Provide information on criteria, resources, and supports for assessing and preparing teachers, school leaders, and district leaders for teacher leadership roles.
  • Work with alliance members to develop a toolkit consisting of two self-assessment tools: one for teachers and one for district and school administrators.
  • Conduct cognitive interviews with teachers and school leaders to inform tool development.
  • Work with alliance members to revise tools based on cognitive interview results.
  • Present the results to the alliance to build alliance members’ capacity to understand the steps involved in creating and using self-assessment tools.

 

Research ProjectsResearch Project Collect and analyze data and summarize information for dissemination

Interstate and Intrastate Educator Mobility: An Examination of State Policies and Movement of Educators Within and Across States (2013–15)

Goal: To examine policies and practices in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin related to educator mobility and patterns of educator mobility within and across these states.

Activities:

  • Conduct a policy scan.
  • Conduct an analysis of mobility patterns within and across the three states.