NCC has been a thought partner in the design of the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Certification Program and is an active participant in its implementation.

The purpose of the DTSDE Certification Program is to build capacity of staff of Focus Districts in the DTSDE school review process. The aim is to ensure that there are a cadre of certified reviewers that have gained the knowledge, expertise, and skill to successfully lead a DTSDE review, write a high-quality DTSDE report, deliver quality professional development aligned to the DTSDE, and implement and support the District’s DTSDE capacity plan.

Certification Program Description:  The program is a combination of in-person and online interactions.  In most cases, the first day of an in-person session is held at a conference site with the second day consisting of visiting a school close to the DTSDE training location.  During the school visit, Certification candidates closely examine a discreet DTSDE protocol, sub-statement of practice, or Tenet. The second day consists of visiting a school close to the DTSDE training location. During that school visit, Certification candidates will closely examine a discreet DTSDE protocol, sub-statement of practice, or Tenet. The third focuses on building inter-rater reliability by examining the body of evidence collected during the school visit and coming to a common understanding of what was collected during the school visit leading to a rating.

As previously mentioned, NCC has been a thought partner in the design of the DTSDE Certification Program and is an active participant in its implementation, including designing, hosting, and maintaining an online platform for participants that serves as a single location for all professional development material, opportunities for synchronous and asynchronous collaboration, a social media space, and an outlet for feedback. The platform also hosts pre-meeting readings, assignments, and provides space for groups of candidates, organized into study groups, to complete, interact, and receive feedback on their work.

The Certification program celebrated it’s in-person launch in Newburgh from February 26-28, 2014.

NCC staff will again be in attendance and support the design and implementation of the second in-person Certification session scheduled for March, designing and facilitating a session for districts to receive feedback on and improve their plans for implementing the DTSDE in their home districts.

 Lee Rutledge, Adam Tanney, Jack Schwarz, State of New York Team

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