icon-gsp-growth icon-gsp-instruction icon-gsp-talent icon-gsp-collaboration icon-gsp-time icon-gsp-child icon-get-started-magnifying-glass icon-get-started-partner icon-get-started-tools-pubs icon-get-started-workshops UnitedSchoolCenteredSystems Bookmarked in My ERS Bookmark in My ERS Share page via email Share page via Facebook Share page via Linked In Share page via Twitter

State Roles in Transforming the Teaching Job

At the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Moving Forward Conference on November 16th, 2011, in Phoenix, AZ, ERS Executive Director Karen Hawley Miles said that state action is necessary to support districts’ transformation of their resources to meet the rapidly changing demands of educating our youth, especially in these tough economic times. During her presentation to representatives from 17 states, she focused on how states can effectively work with districts on teacher compensation, job structure, and professional development. Instead of dictating inputs, which often cripple the ability of school district to address the unique needs of their students, states should take a more supportive role that allows them to influence outcomes while allowing districts the flexibility to achieve success within the specific needs of their district.  Afterwards, ERS Director Regis Shields led breakout sessions where the state representatives shared practices and brainstormed state actions that could affect the teaching effectiveness in their states.  State representatives had a lively discussion of their current projects, and agreed that a combination of state roles was needed to drive successful outcomes. Those actions fell in to six groups of state roles that are defined below.

State Roles to Influence District Policy:

  1. Barrier Breaker - The State removes internal regulations and rules that constrain district flexibility and/or force investment misalignments
  2. Capacity Builder - The State builds the capacity of districts to improve teaching effectiveness thru PD, tools, access to data, models of best practice
  3. Service Broker - The State identifies providers of services that meet high standards and structures access and networks
  4. Incentive Provider - The State establishes structures, including innovation grants, that encourage certain behaviors or practices
  5. Influencer - The State works with other stakeholders (unions, legislature) to increase understanding of barriers to improving teaching effectiveness
  6. Mandate Maker - The State mandates certain practices, processes or investments that have a compelling State priority.  This option should be a last resort.


Stay Informed

Stay in the know with the latest news and happenings.

480 Pleasant Street, Suite C - 200

Watertown, MA 02472


Get in Touch

Want to talk to someone directly?

Send us an email at: contact@erstrategies.org

© 2023 Education Resource Strategies | All Rights Reserved.
Close ×

Stay Informed

Stay in the know with the latest news and happenings.