Overview of the Council
The Teachers and Leaders Council (TLC) was created in 2011 by the state legislature to develop recommendations to the State Board of Education about a statewide, uniform performance evaluation system for teachers and site-based administrators. The work of the TLC as critical to improving the quality of education offered to Nevada students, as well as improving the professional experiences we offer to one of our most valuable resources -- educators.
Every successful enterprise uses employee evaluation processes to help advance organizational goals, as well as recognize and encourage individual contributions by employees. For too many years in too many school systems, educator evaluation has been disconnected from the overarching purpose of teaching and learning.
Through the feedback that comes with fair, rigorous and regular evaluation, coupled with meaningful, targeted and sustained professional development, Nevada educators will be able to build on their strengths and address their weaknesses. Those who are performing at a high level will be recognized for their capabilities and contributions. Those who fall below expectations will receive the support they need to improve. And if hard personnel decisions are needed, the new evaluation systems will provide the rigorous processes to make those decisions fairly.
Goals of New Educator Evaluation Systems
- Foster student learning and growth
- Improve educators’ effective instructional practices
- Inform human capital decision based on a professional growth system
- Engage stakeholders in the continuous improvement and monitoring of a professional growth system
Educator evaluation is not a stand-alone activity to improve student outcomes. Research and the experience of other states has shown that there are many components and factors in an educational system that offers opportunities for students and educators alike. Educator evaluation is just one of several systemic reform initiatives underway in Nevada. They are designed to align educator preparation and licensure, student standards, curriculum and instruction -- all with goal of helping every student achieve the best possible education and building a highly qualified work force.