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This is a broad overview of Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project. The project, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, seeks to develop and test multiple measures of teacher effectiveness. This overview identifies five critical areas of research and explores key components, such as the Tripod survey, which is used to gather, organize, and report on student perceptions at the classroom level.
With states and districts implementing new academic standards based on the Common Core State Standards, teachers have more opportunities than ever to collaborate around the shared goals of strengthening curriculum design, classroom practices, and student learning.
It has been thrilling from day one—in August of 2007—when I was hired as the director of the K-12 Education team. The team was given one year to assess the foundation’s work and propose a strategy for the next phase. We were given this advice: when you take on a cause where government is spending a lot of money, philanthropy can make the biggest impact by finding a strategic lever that others are missing.
In 2009, through the Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative, we invested in three school districts: Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida; Memphis City Schools, Tennessee; and Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pennsylvania, and a group of charter management organizations (CMOs).
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