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Governor Appoints Carroll Principal to Council for Educator Effectiveness

Release Date: 8/11/2010 7:57:06 AM

Judith Walker, principal of Robert Moton Elementary School, has been appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley as a member of the Maryland Council for Educator Effectiveness. Walker will serve as one of two principal representatives on the Council.
The Council, which is comprised of teachers, principals, education experts, and elected officials, will spend the next several months developing a model evaluation system for educators as required by the Education Reform Act of 2010. The Council will address the definitions of “effective” and “highly effective” teachers and principals, as well as the relationship between the student learning component of educator evaluations and the other components of the evaluations. They will work to ensure that every educator is evaluated using multiple, fair, transparent, timely, rigorous, and valid methods and is provided with a meaningful opportunity to improve their effectiveness and the means to share effective practices with other educators statewide.
The Council will submit its recommendations to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the Maryland State Board of Education by the end of the year. The Council then will make recommendations by the end of December 2011 for corrections or adjustments to the overall design of the model evaluation system, including guidelines, tools, and measures, based on experience in the field.

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