Evidence-based Strategy Toolkits
Improving equitable access to excellent educators requires customized, evidence-based strategies that are designed to meet unique local needs. After states and districts have examined their workforce data, engaged stakeholders, and conducted a root cause analysis, the next step is to use the information gathered through these processes to inform strategy selection. The tools and toolkits below can help states both during the data analysis and strategy selection steps.
Teacher Leadership Toolkit 2.0 includes a synthesis of research on teacher leadership, current examples, and useful tools for designing, implementing, and supporting teacher leadership initiatives. Toolkit 2.0 builds on previous work by our partner, Leading Educators and includes 10 supporting resources exploring key aspects of teacher leadership initiatives at the national, state, and local levels.
Use this free, user-friendly data tool to identify and visualize diversity gaps across the entire educator career continuum, from “future teachers” graduating from high school and entering preparation programs, to preservice teachers entering the educator workforce, and growing and developing into experienced classroom instructors.
Updated in January 2019, state leaders can use the Mentoring and Induction Toolkit 2.0 to 1) facilitate meaningful conversations with districts about the design and implementation of mentoring and induction programs, 2) review summaries of research and best practices, 3) explore relevant examples, and 4) create a streamlined process for action planning. The revised toolkit includes a deeper focus on equity with new insights and information about tailoring mentoring and induction programs for use in high-need contexts.
The Educator Shortages in Special Education Toolkit is organized around the guiding principle that short-term strategies to meet immediate demand must be intentionally paired with long-term, systemic strategies to attract, prepare, and retain effective special education teachers to create comprehensive shortage solutions. The Toolkit is organized around a Facilitator’s Guide and three supporting sets of tools. If this is your first visit, we recommend starting with the Facilitator’s Guide.