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Volume 2     March 2017

Welcome to Teacher & Leadership Programs (TLP)

Greetings TLP Community! Our new TIF 5 grantees are getting up to speed with their first-year work plans, while our TIF 4 grantees are planning and preparing to sustain their work once their grant period has ended.  In this edition, we are excited to offer a glimpse into how some of the TIF 4 projects are playing out and how other TIF 5 grantees are planning for long-term sustainability as they begin their projects.

Grantee Spotlight


Cross County School District, Arkansas

Partnership with a local university accelerates high-need subject-area teacher pipeline at this rural TIF 5 district.

School Districts of Lee County, Flordia

Leveraging district career ladder committee is instrumental to making the TIF 4 program sustainable past the life of the grant.


TA in Action

Our TLP technical assistance (TA) team works directly with grantees to help them implement their programs through a full range of TA services. Read about recent TA support provided to two grantees and the subsequent collaboration:
How to Request TA (TLP website login required)
Submitting a request for TA is a simple process. Follow the step-by-step instructions described in TLP Tips below. To view the types of TA offered, click here.


TIF Story Video


See how the state of Maine leveraged the U.S. Department of Education’s support to create statewide systemic change to teacher leadership.

 TLP Tips

Once you have submitted a TA request you may wonder what happens next. Below we show the beginning stages of fulfilling a TA request in steps 5 to 8. The next newsletter will illustrate the remaining steps in the process. Stay tuned!

Resource Highlight


Grants Management Tool and User Guide (Login required)

Plan Now for a Stronger Program. The Grants Management Planning Tool offers a “readiness assessment” that grantees can use to generate a customized list of “action items” to guide implementation efforts during their first project year. The tool presents action items as a calendar or timeline with activities organized by readiness domains. Grantees can use this type of integrated timeline to improve planning, communication, and coordination among staff.

Data Quality Essentials Revisited

Data Quality is Essential to Program Quality. Focusing on the issue of data quality for human capital management systems (HCMSs), this paper discusses the changing educator evaluation context, challenges to data quality, what we know about student-educator linkages, the quality of growth measures used in principal evaluations, and the capacity of districts and schools to ensure data quality.

Evaluating Programs for Strengthening Teaching and Leadership

Evaluate Your Successes! This guidebook provides strategies and resources to address the complexities and challenges involved in evaluating a TIF program, from conceptualizing the evaluation questions to reporting results. The TLP TA team describes a process for identifying the logic of how the TIF program will lead to the desired outcomes, the development of evaluation questions that examine this logic, methods for measuring these evaluation questions, and appropriate evaluation designs for assessing impacts. The paper also describes best practices for disseminating evaluation findings and processes for choosing the right evaluator.

Project Communication and Engagement Primer

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate! The success of a TIF grant often hinges on effective communications to all of your stakeholders. This primer on stakeholder engagement and communication draws on the experiences of past TIF grantees. The ideas, tips, and suggestions provided here offer current and prospective grantees the basic information they need to shape a comprehensive plan for stakeholder engagement and communication to smooth the way for effective implementation of their TIF grants. For ease of reading and understanding, the primer takes as its starting point the perspective of a school district TIF grantee. Non-district TIF grantees can adapt the basic ideas about stakeholder and engagement.

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