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Educator Effectiveness Practitioner Implementation Council


The Educator Effectiveness (EE) Office is creating the Educator Effectiveness Practitioner Council (EPIC) to solicit and engage direct input from EE practitioners across Colorado.

Vision and Purpose

EPIC is 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 to implementation of educator effectiveness in Colorado.

Although EPIC will engage in a dynamic exchange of ideas/insights representing multiple perspectives and experiences, EPIC will not 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 Council

The Educator Effectiveness Practitioner Implementation Council (EPIC) will ultimately include 17 Colorado practitioners of educator effectiveness.  All practitioners of educator effectiveness in Colorado are encouraged to apply to join EPIC. The council has been 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.

The first council meeting took place in January 2022, and additional recruitment of new council members (with an emphasis on principals and evaluators) will be taking place over the coming months. Council meetings will take place quarterly and be a mix of in-person and virtual. Council members include:

Dr. Deanne Kirby
Director of Educator Effectiveness
Douglas County School District

Jamie Davis
Director of Human Resources
Cañon City Schools

Jim Farmer
Director of Human Resources
Delta County School District

Larry Irvin
Principal, Hinkley High School
Aurora Public Schools

Kendall Reiley
Assistant Principal, ECE-4
Roaring Fork School District

Michelle Patterson
Director of Special Education, birth to 21 years
Northeast BOCES

Pam Sippel
Teacher, Cherokee Trail High School
Cherry Creek School District

Tammy Neal
Executive Director of Human Resources-Certified Staff
Pueblo School District 60

Tanya Nash
Director of Educator Effectiveness
Colorado Springs School District 11

Recruitment efforts will continue in advance of the next council meeting in June 2022 – with an emphasis on educator effectiveness practitioners serving as principals (both elementary and secondary). Current council members have informed the scheduling of future meetings to maximize opportunities for principals and evaluators to participate, while addressing barriers to participation as much as possible.

Application to Join EPIC

A printable flyer detailing the council's vision and purpose, member expectations and the application process is available here

If you are an 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 council, click here to apply. While all interested practitioners are encouraged to apply, specific focus and priority will be afforded to principals (both secondary and elementary) and those conducting educator evaluations in the northwest and eastern plains regions of the state.

For more information about EPIC, including interest in the application process, please email educator_effectiveness@cde.state.co.us.