At the request of the Connecticut Department of Education, the Northeast Comprehensive Center and the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) collaborated in the design and provision of a two part professional learning series: Teaching Conditions Matter: Cultivating Stability and Growth in Our Teacher Workforce. On the first full day session, Catherine Barbour of the GTL Center introduced SEA and LEA educators to research-based strategies for improving teaching conditions that help strengthen teacher practice, improve the retention of quality teachers and positively impact student learning. Participants were presented with resources and tools to determine areas of strengths and challenges in the teaching conditions in their districts based on a suite of resources available on the GTL Center website.
Prior to the second session, teams conducted data collection and analysis, and worked on focused plans to strengthen teaching conditions in areas of need. During the second session, district teams presented on the work they had done to date. Participants then engaged in professional learning breakout sessions on Leadership, Professional Development, Progress Monitoring, and Stakeholder Engagement and Communications. Evaluation data from the session reported gains in knowledge and capacity in all areas assessed. Co-sponsoring the series were the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI), partners in a regional collaboration supporting states in the Northeast. To view materials from the session, please click here.