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Educator Effectiveness Practitioner Implementation Council
Vision and Purpose
EPIC will be built on the premise that the primary purpose of educator effectiveness is to promote and support the professional growth and development of educators through quality feedback. While there have been multiple opportunities over past years for stakeholder involvement in educator effectiveness at CDE, the new Council (EPIC) will chart a distinct course from former advisory groups and build upon the valuable lessons learned as well as demonstrated successes from past groups.
Members selected to be a part of EPIC, in active partnership and collaboration with the EE Team at CDE, will explore and affirm quality implementation of educator effectiveness in Colorado. This will include a focus on expanding our collective understanding of practitioners' needs related to educator evaluations. Specifically, EPIC will:
- Serve as an advisory body to CDE's Educator Effectiveness Office and provide input/insights into the process of evaluating educators within the systems of educator effectiveness in Colorado.
- Explore and deepen understanding of trends related to educator effectiveness and potential impacts on Colorado practitioners and educators.
- Identify and deepen understanding of practitioner needs (e.g. professional learning, resources and supports, among other things) to bolster and enhance educator evaluation practices.
- Identify opportunities for innovation and improvement to implementation of current educator effectiveness process and systems.
- Provide input specific to practitioners' point-of-view and experiences related to the implementation of existing and emerging/new educator effectiveness policy and guidance.
- Provide a forum for new/emerging ideas related o implementation of educator effectiveness in Colorado.
Although EPIC will engage in a dynamic exchange of ideas/insights representing multiple perspectives and experiences, EPIC will no work to influence state statute or board rule related to educator effectiveness. That is, EPIC will not be a forum for policy planning and development.
The Educator Effectiveness Practitioner Implementation Council (EPIC) will include 17 Colorado practitioners of educator effectiveness. All practitioners of educator effectiveness in Colorado are encouraged to apply to join EPIC, and the application window is now open. The new council will be established with a commitment and focus on equity, diversity and inclusion. EPIC will include representation from across the state (including rural, suburban and urban communities), as well as different practitioner roles related to educator effectiveness, and will seek practitioners who possess the following qualities:
- A strong interest and commitment to engaging in systems-level, collaborative work and relationships.
- A demonstrated understanding of the realities of educator effectiveness and evaluation in a school/district/BOCES setting.
- A deep understanding of educator evaluation processes, systems and structures - inclusive of professional practices' quality standards and measures of student learning/outcomes - based on work in educator effectiveness.
- A solid network with other practitioners from which opportunities exist to gather insights/input, as well as disseminate EE-related information and updates.
- A unique perspective that contributes to a diverse EPIC membership.
- The time and capacity to engage as an active participant and partner.
Application to Join EPIC
If you are a educator effectiveness practitioner and the above describes an opportunity you would like to be a part of as well as qualities you would bring to this new council, please review the following overview of member role and expectations and complete the application.
Member Expectations (Overview)
The following is an overview (not comprehensive) of the expectations for council members. EPIC members will establish additional agreements and confirm scheduling for the upcoming year during their initial meeting and onboarding.
- EPIC members will prioritize attendance at council meetings.
- While recognizing that the unexpected happens and emergencies arise, council members will be expected to prioritize and attend the majority of the council meetings.
- It is anticipated that council meetings will take place quarterly, with some meetings in-person and some virtual/online. The timing and length of the meeting will be adjusted for in-person and online settings.
- The first meeting will be held in Denver during the first week of November 2021 and will be a day and a half in length. During the first meeting, council members will establish agreements for their work together, including confirmation of the meeting schedule for the upcoming year.
- EPIC members will engage with colleagues and other educator effectiveness practitioners to invite additional input and feedback related to the work of the council.
- While there will be 17 EPIC members, it will be understood that those 17 individuals actively represent the experiences and perspectives of others as well as their own when engaging in EPIC meetings and related work/conversations.
- EPIC members will be volunteers and will not receive any compensation for the participation.
- EPIC members will serve for a period of 2 to 3 years.
- To stagger the timeframe and process for member turnover, some members will serve for 2 years, while others will serve for 3 years. Members will determine the length of their service during their onboarding.
- Interested educator effectiveness practitioners complete the EPIC Member Application Form.
- NOTE: Applicants can view the complete application form prior to submitting; however, the application will need to be completed in one siting as progress cannot be saved and you cannot return to the form to complete it at a later time.
- Applications will be reviewed based on the criteria set forth on this webpage regarding the vision and purpose of this new council, as well as the specific qualities for council members listed in the previous section, including representation of different geographic, demographic and practitioner perspectives/roles.
- Finalists will be asked to submit two (2) letters of support - one from another practitioner and one from their supervisor - prior to the final selection and invitation to join EPIC.
- All applicants will be notified of the results of the selection process in early October.
A printable flyer detailing the council's vision and purpose, member expectations and the application process is available here. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.