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This interactive map highlights 29 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) out of the 221 LEAs that have participated in the Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) grant program. The program summaries are intended to provide users with insight into how these grantees implemented initiatives to strategically further develop our most important asset in K-12 education, our teachers and principals, so that all students have access to the most effective educators.

Click on one of the LEA map points to link to a specific district, or refine your search using the available filters to view a particular selection of LEAs that represent the geographic and demographic diversity in our state.

Once you select an individual LEA, you will be brought to a profile page where you will be able to:

  1. Learn about the various ways in which that specific LEA has leveraged comprehensive systems of educator effectiveness improvement rooted in sound implementation of teacher and principal evaluation.
  2. See the specific talent management challenges addressed.
  3. See the types of roles and responsibilities developed as part of the teacher and principal career ladder pathways.
  4. Read about the initial impact this work has had on students and talent management.

Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE)

Purpose of STLE

Since the summer of 2012, the $83 million in funds under the Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) grant have helped Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) take a comprehensive systems approach to prepare, recruit, develop, retain and provide equitable access to the most effective teachers and principals as part of their implementation of the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system. 

Follow these links to read the STLE Request for Proposal(s):

  • STLE 1 (October 31, 2012 – June 30, 2014)
  • STLE 2 (October 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015)
  • STLE 3 (March 3, 2014 – June 30, 2015)
  • STLE D (November 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) 

Theory of Action and Key Definitions

The Department believes the overall quality of teaching and learning can be raised through the development of comprehensive systems of educator effectiveness improvement that is rooted in sound implementation of the teacher and principal evaluation system. Such systems leverage programs that focus on various elements of a strategically planned Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) continuum, including preparation, recruitment and placement, induction and mentoring, evaluation, ongoing professional development/professional growth, performance management and career ladder pathways. In doing so, these systems can address common talent management challenges that serve as barriers to student achievement and equal education opportunity.

What is an educator leader?
An educator leaders are recognized Effective and Highly Effective teachers and principals that address the emergent needs of students, teachers, and administrators to increase student achievement through established leadership roles that bear additional responsibilities outside traditional requirements.

What are career ladder pathways?
Career ladder pathways are a systemic, coordinated approach that provides new and sustained leadership opportunities with additional compensation, recognition, and job-embedded professional development for teachers and principals in order to advance excellent teaching and learning.

Reach of STLE

The $83 million Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) grant program has met with great success.  Throughout the four grant cohorts (STLE 1, STLE 2, STLE 3, and STLE Dissemination Grant: Principal Leadership), Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), representing approximately one-third of all districts and BOCES in the State, focused on strategically increasing teacher and leader effectiveness.

STLE grants, across the state, impacted approximately:

  • 221 LEAs (including districts, BOCES, consortium component districts, and a public charter school)
  • .5 million students
  • 42,000 teachers
  • 1,000 principals

STLE Grantee Program Abstracts

Each lead recipient of the Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) grant submitted a program abstract, summarizing the initiatives that grant funds would support.  Details include what student and talent management needs were to be addressed through grant funded activities, specifically describing how high needs students and shortage areas would be affected.  Grantees describe the goals and measurable objectives of their unique program, as well as describe how the initiatives fit into a cohesive and comprehensive Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) system. 

Follow these links to read the grant abstracts and learn more about individual STLE programs:

  • STLE 1 (October 31, 2012 – June 30, 2014)
  • STLE 2 (October 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015)
  • STLE 3 (March 3, 2014 – June 30, 2015)
  • STLE D (November 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015)

Additional Resources

  • To learn more about the Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE)  grant program and to access additional resources for career ladder pathways visit: EngageNY: Improving Practice Landing Page

Videos:

Toolkits:

  • To access a compilation of information, tools, and tips shared by national experts and districts engaged in this work at the July 2014 Convening, “Engage-Envision-Elevate: From Initiatives to Systems”, visit: July 2014 Convening, “Engage-Envision-Elevate: From Initiatives to Systems” Toolkit
  • The New York State Career Ladder Pathways Toolkit, a new, interactive, web-based toolkit that includes profiles of adaptable career ladder pathways models, resources, and best practices to help address the five common talent management challenges that contribute significantly to equitable access , resources that will help LEAs implement the Department’s recommended framework and steps to design and implement robust career ladder pathways.

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs):

  • The Using Evaluation for Improvement: Assessing and Building Capacity webinar is a part of the series of sessions scheduled over the course of the year to support those participating in the STLE-Dissemination Grant: Principal Leadership (STLE-D) program as they work to enhance the implementation of their APPR system. Tools, resources, and concrete examples were provided to help districts move past the traditional post-professional development perception surveys and move to a deep analysis of the impact of professional development efforts on teaching and learning.
  • This Making SLOs Matter: Supporting Meaningful, Rigorous Goal-Setting webinar is a part of the series of sessions scheduled over the course of the year to support those participating in the STLE-Dissemination Grant: Principal Leadership (STLE-D) program as they work to enhance the implementation of their APPR system. Trends and patterns identified through the thorough review of participants’ SLO samples are highlighted, leading to a discussion of misperceptions and common challenges in the development of high quality SLOs. 
  • The Sustaining the Reach of Our Most Effective Educators webinar includes information from two local grantees as they share their experiences in working towards sustainability of initiatives post-grant period while also highlighting models, experiences, and reflections from those involved in extending the reach of effective educators across the nation.
  • The Enhancing Family Engagement webinar allowed for the close examination of resources and examples of how districts across New York State, including STLE grantees, are engaging families. This webinar provides districts time to reflect upon current family engagement efforts, identify areas of strength and areas that could be enhanced, and strategically plan possible next steps for strengthening the home-school connection at the district, building, and/or classroom level. 

The Office of Teacher/Principal Quality & Professional Development invites you to submit tools and resources to STLE@nysed.gov that will further help the field, including but not limited to: gap analysis templates, career ladder pathway design principles, communication plans, description of sample roles and responsibilities, tools that help gauge the return on investment and strategies for program evaluation.  We also encourage you to continue to contribute to the on-going conversation on Twitter by sharing your work using #STLE.