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News Release - Tom Elliott and Toby King to Lead CDE's Educator Effectiveness Work

March 2, 2011

News Release

Tom Elliott and Toby King to Lead CDE’s Educator Effectiveness Work

Colorado Department of Education Commissioner Robert Hammond today announced the hiring of Tom Elliott and Toby King, who will lead the state’s educator effectiveness work.

Tom Elliott, CDE’s new executive director of educator effectiveness, will lead CDE’s efforts to recruit, prepare, evaluate, support and retain highly effective educators. He is responsible for aligning and coordinating educator preparation program review, licensure, induction, professional development, evaluation, retention initiatives, teacher equity initiatives and other related functions to help maximize the effectiveness of all educators across the state. An immediate priority for Mr. Elliott is ensuring the successful implementation of the state’s new educator evaluation and development system, pursuant to Senate Bill 10-191.

Elliott has devoted more than 30 years to education as a teacher and administrator in rural and inner-city Colorado. Most recently, he served as principal of Cowell Elementary School in Denver Public Schools.

Elliott and his school were recognized in December 2010 as a Center of Excellence School, an award that recognizes schools that serve a large percentage of high needs students and that have sustained the highest rates of student longitudinal growth in the state.

Toby King, senior consultant for educator evaluation and support, will provide technical assistance and training to districts in implementing performance evaluation systems that adhere to the requirements of S.B. 10-191. He is the primary point of contact for districts on implementation of S.B. 10-191. In addition, King is working to develop and maintain the state’s online resource bank of models and best practices related to quality educator evaluation systems. He supports overall monitoring of the state’s educator effectiveness efforts and provides targeted support to districts.

King served as a teacher and administrator in a range of school settings in Florida. Most recently, he coordinated a regional service office for the Florida Department of Education, providing direct services to four of the state’s largest districts (serving more than 225,000 students). He provided district-wide training and support to districts in the development and implementation of systemic strategies to ensure that all students had access to rigorous courses, and opportunities to graduate with standard high school diplomas.

“Attracting, preparing and supporting outstanding teachers is a Colorado priority,” stated Commissioner Hammond. “We are pleased to have the expertise of these two individuals devoted to driving this important work.”

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