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Innovative Ideas and Practical Suggestions for Improving the State Highly Qualified Teacher Plans

Held on Thursday, September 7, 2006 3–4 p.m. EDT



Sponsored by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (NCCTQ), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education.

On Thursday, September 7, 2006, the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (NCCTQ) and the U.S. Department of Education hosted a live, interactive webcast to help states improve their state plans for highly qualified teachers in every classroom.

A recording of the live webcast is available for viewing. Enter replay number 1494142925 to view the webcast.

Discussion Overview
To help states improve their state plans for highly qualified teachers in every classroom, NCCTQ and the U.S. Department of Education are teaming up to offer a webcast specifically for regional comprehensive centers and state Title II—Part A and highly qualified teacher representatives. During the one-hour webcast, panelists will discuss the purpose of the state plans and the elements of a successful plan; will provide overall impressions of the state plans submitted in July; and will identify several resources, best practices, and innovative strategies for states to consider as they work toward improved state plans. Following the panelists' presentations, participants will have ample time to ask questions of the panelists and state representatives.

Panelists
Dr. Robert Stonehill, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

Dr. Elizabeth Witt, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

Dr. Laura Goe, NCCTQ/ETS

Dr. Stephen Barr, Ohio Department of Education

Melody Schopp, Office of Accreditation and Teacher Quality, South Dakota Department of Education

Moderator
M. René Islas, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

Revising State Highly Qualified Teacher Plans—Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
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NCCTQ and the U.S. Department of Education have created this document to provide answers to some of the commonly asked questions regarding the state Highly Qualified Teacher Plans.

Planning Tool to Provide Evidence of Progress Toward Equitable Teacher Distribution
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NCCTQ created this tool in March 2006 to help states complete the equitable teacher distribution requirement of their state plans. The tool also includes a discussion of the current definition of "highly qualified" and proposes a more comprehensive definition for states to consider when designing data collection efforts. This comprehensive definition includes "Qualifications Matched to Context" (QMC), which recommends situating "highly qualified" within a specific school context.

Revising the Equitable Distribution Component in Your State Plan for Highly Qualified Teachers
This revised version of the March 2006 equitable distribution data tool is focused on areas where states had most difficulty in their state plans. Although revised state plans have already been submitted, this enhanced version may continue to be useful to states as they (1) take stock of the types of data collection, analysis, and reporting procedures they currently have; (2) consider the types of data they may want to collect in the future; and (3) determine future analysis and reporting procedures.

Model Components for Revised State HQT Plans
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The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality has developed Model Components for Revised State Highly Qualified Teacher Plans to help states working to improve their Revised State HQT Plans. This document captures the components submitted by the nine states who successfully met all six criteria outlined by the U.S. Department of Education.

New Online Resource Helps States With Revised State HQT Plans
HQT Tool for States streamlines access to the nine state plans that were accepted by reviewers and provides review comments. State plans can be accessed in two ways: (1) State—reports the entire state plan and reviewer comments for each state selected; or (2) Requirement—reports on each requirement, allowing the user to compare text and reviewer comments on specified requirements across selected states.


 


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