About us

This training site is intended to sustain the onsite teacher and principal evaluation system training funded by the Department of Education and delivered by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/The Leadership and Learning Center throughout 2013.

The resources provided on the site will help users understand and implement teacher and principal evaluation systems that meet the Florida statutory requirements.

There will be video examples of research-based high-effect size strategies and best practices for teachers and leaders as well as a library of accessible links to all technical assistance and training materials developed for use in Florida charter schools.

The information, resources, and tools developed for this site will support, guide and engage Florida’s charter school educators in the “one vision – one voice” mission to insure high quality teaching, learning and school leadership.

  • Student Success Act.

    The Student Success Act (SB736) pertains to personnel evaluation systems that are designed to support effective instruction and student learning growth. New evaluation systems under this law require at least 50% of a performance evaluation be based on student learning growth assessed annually and include both a mechanism to examine performance data from multiple sources and a process for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the evaluation system based upon improvement in instruction and student learning. Performance evaluation results are used to identify professional development needs. 

  • Contemporary Research.

    “Contemporary research” in the context of Florida’s goals for improvement in student learning is focused on the deepening understanding of causal relationships between instructional strategies and student learning revealed through research conducted within the last ten years and focused on issues related to current state priorities. Older research findings, such as those in a meta-analysis, when their findings are supported by on-going contemporary research as still being predictive of outcomes in contemporary educational settings, are a useful component in a research base.

  • Improve Teaching and Learning.

    The information, resources, and tools developed for this site will support, guide, and engage Florida’s charter school educators in the “one vision – one voice” mission to insure high quality teaching, learning, and school leadership. Quality teaching is a label used to describe an approach to teaching the academic standards that differentiates instruction using formative data and research based instructional strategies used correctly, in appropriate circumstances, and adjusted to meet student needs. Effective teachers use these quality processes with consistent proficiency to meet or exceed student learning expectations.

  • High Effect Size Strategies.

    High effect size strategies are the research- based instructional strategies that have been found to have a high probability of a positive impact of student learning when done correctly and in appropriate circumstances. Research-based strategies have a higher probability of raising student learning when they are used at the appropriate level of implementation and within the appropriate instructional context.

  • Ongoing Assistance.

    This training site is intended to sustain the onsite teacher and principal evaluation system training funded by the Department of Education and delivered by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/The Leadership and Learning Center throughout 2013. The Modules will take users through best practices present in all charter school evaluation models while the Resource Center serves as your one stop shop for tools developed to assist in the implementation of high quality teacher and leader evaluation systems. Resource Center materials can be downloaded and customized for use in your school as school leaders work with staff on the new evaluation systems. Video examples of high effect size strategies in use in Florida Charter Schools can also be accessed to demonstrate best practice.

Resource Center

All materials, trainings, videos and webinars serve as your tool box and resource center for high quality teacher and leader evaluation systems. Download and customize for your school.