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AUGUST 2019
Strengthening educator talent to drive school improvement

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T4TLA Lessons Learned

Thank you to the T4TLA team members who presented during and participated in the Community of Practice on July 22nd. As you continue to implement mentoring, induction, and talent development initiatives, remember these lessons learned shared by T4TLA members during the final CoP:

  • Establishing and maintaining a partnership between SEAs and LEAs develops capacity at both levels and brings more resources to helping high needs schools address critical needs for educator talent.
  • Data-driven, evidence-based continuous improvement planning is essential to achievement of outcomes. Respond to data immediately.
  • Sustainability requires adaptability to changing conditions.
  • Create protocols for and conduct exit interviews; it is important to understand departures and use that information in your planning.
  • LEA leaders need to assist principals to develop relationships and guide the process; do not assume that principals know how or desire to effectively support teacher leadership.
  • As initiatives are scaled-up, respecting the pace of individual districts in their implementation continuum is critical.
  • Monitor implementation with measurable indicators and include exemplars for standards of performance.

Then, rinse and repeat! This is hard work. Revisit lessons learned to anticipate obstacles and plan appropriate adjustments. Most importantly, remember to celebrate your accomplishments—big wins and small!


Want to learn more?

Check out the mentoring and induction toolbox developed to support implementation in Indiana.

Comprehensive Center Updates


Reminder about Groupsite transition

As we shared previously, the Groupsite platform will be retired in the next few months. We plan to archive select Groupsite materials and will make them accessible for download on the GTL Center’s T4TLA project website. If you wish to download materials that you have stored on Groupsite, please use your existing login credentials or coordinate with your RCC leads to do so.
 

Moving Forward

As a reminder, the current Comprehensive Centers are wrapping up projects in anticipation of newly reconfigured centers in October. We appreciate your commitment to the T4TLA initiative and the support and dedication you have provided to strengthen the alignment and coherence of talent management and school improvement systems. We look forward to working with you in the future. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact your Regional Comprehensive Center T4TLA lead or Carol Keirstead, Mary Peterson, or Dana Chambers.

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