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Thursday Churn: CDE names two

What’s churning:

A former principal and a Florida administrator have been hired to head the Department of Education’s educator effectiveness initiative.

Tom Elliott will be executive director of educator effectives and will be in charge of aligning and coordinating educator preparation program review, licensure, induction, professional development, evaluation, retention initiatives, teacher equity initiatives and other related functions to help maximize the effectiveness of all educators across the state. He’ll be in charge of implementing the educator evaluation system created by Senate Bill 10-191.

Elliott has more than 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in Colorado and most recently was principal of Cowell Elementary School in Denver.

Toby King will be senior consultant for educator evaluation and support and will provide technical assistance and training to districts in implementing performance evaluation systems. He’s also assigned to develop and maintain the state’s online resource bank of models and best practices related to quality educator evaluation systems.

King most recently coordinated a regional service office for the Florida Department of Education.

Elliott will be paid $110,000 a year, King $70,000. Both are in budgeted positions being paid by the state, not private funding.

The State Council for Educator Effectiveness, which is developing the framework for a new evaluation system, has launched an online presentation and survey to gather input about its preliminary recommendations. The survey, along with the draft recommendations for teachers and principals, can be found here and will be available until March 28.

What’s on tap:

The Jefferson County school board meets at 6 p.m. at 1829 Denver West Drive, Building 27, Golden. The night’s agenda includes a discussion about proposed changes in board policy regarding which board members can speak to the press and whether board members dissenting from a majority vote can publicly discuss their reasons why. The changes would allow all board members, not just the board president, to talk to the media. They also say dissenting board members are free to discuss their rationale, though they’re not supposed to comment on why others voted differently.

The talk follows the Dec. 16 censure of board member Laura Boggs by her board colleagues for “unethical behavior,” including publicly endorsing ballot measures 60, 61 and 101 despite a board resolution against them. Board members agreed Jan. 13 that president Dave Thomas is no longer the sole media voice and that they should review similar policies on public speaking.

Good reads from elsewhere:

Feeling scorned: Teachers across the country are stung by attacks on their profession. New York Times. (May require registration.)

Tenure reform: National perspective on Colorado’s law linking student growth data to teacher evaluations. CBS News.

Reworking NCLB: Bennet pushes overhaul of No Child Left Behind law. Denver Post.

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