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Contact: Katie Peters
Phone: 202.741.6285

Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, November 29, the Center for American Progress will host an event to discuss approaches to improving teaching effectiveness and whether the tools exist to do the job well. At the event a new report will be released finding that most of the investments in teacher professional development go to ineffective models. Authored by University of Virginia researcher Robert Pianta, the report concludes that the tools to help teachers strengthen their practice are woefully inadequate and that the nation needs more evidence-supported approaches to professional development.

A second paper slated to be released at the event, authored by Brown University Associate Professor John H. Tyler, focuses on the challenges for designing evaluation systems for high school teachers and describes emerging solutions. The event will also feature a panel of representatives from the front line—school districts, teacher unions, and educators—working to implement teacher-performance systems to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

Featured presenters:

  • Craig Jerald, President, Break the Curve Consulting
  • Robert Pianta, Dean, Curry School of Education, and Director, University of Virginia Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning
  • John H. Tyler, Associate Professor of Education, Economics, and Public Policy, Brown University

Featured panelists:

  • Patricia Bishop, Academic Coach for High School Writing, Hillsborough County Public Schools
  • Segun Eubanks, Director, Teacher Quality, National Education Association
  • Rorie Harris, Coordinator of Teacher Effectiveness Measurement, Memphis City Schools
  • Jordan Henry, Teacher, Santee Education Complex, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director, Learning Forward


  • Cynthia G. Brown, Vice President for Education Policy, Center for American Progress
  • Glenda Partee, Associate Director for Teacher Quality, Center for American Progress

November 29, 2011
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
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Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center


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