SHEEO provides its members ongoing information and networking support to raise awareness of the important role
state SHEEO agencies play in improving the quality of teachers across the country and to assist states in their efforts. In addition, SHEEO sponsors and directs several special projects on teacher quality targeting specific areas in which state higher education coordinating and governing boards have roles and responsibilities:
CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting
The Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) – the new professional accreditation organization for teacher education programs in the United States – has announced the formation of the CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting. The Commission is charged with transforming the preparation of teachers and leaders by creating a rigorous system of accreditation that demands excellence and produces teachers who raise student achievement. Specifically, the Commission will develop accreditation standards for all preparation programs that are based on evidence, continuous improvement, innovation, and clinical practice. Along with rigorous standards and evidence, the Commission will recommend transparent CAEP public accountability reporting with multiple measures, including those directly linked to student achievement.
SHEEO K-16 Professional Development Collaborative
The SHEEO K-16 Professional Development Collaborative is the group of state level coordinators with primary responsibility for the partnership grant program under the No Child Left Behind Act, Title II, Part A, subpart 3 which focuses on ensuring high quality professional development programs for educators. Through the Collaborative, SHEEO works to assist states in their efforts by fostering interstate sharing and dissemination of issues and information and by developing alliances with federal and state leaders and national organizations to strengthen teacher education and professional development programs.
Compendium of Resources on Teacher Quality
The Compendium is a searchable database of national, regional, and state research articles, briefs and other publications on the full range of teacher quality issues, including teacher supply and demand, teacher preparation, compensation, hiring and recruitment, teacher induction, professional development, licensure requirements and credential reciprocity, and pension portability. It can be searched by topic area or level (i.e. state, regional, or national) as well as by information specific to an individual publication. Each resource in the Compendium is described with a synopsis of its content, a listing of the data or topic areas it includes, availability or ordering information and a link to the online version of the publication, if available.
(Teacher Mobility Project) Enhancing the Teaching Profession: The Importance of Mobility to Recruitment
This project, partnering SHEEO the Education Commission of the States (ECS) and funded by the Ford Foundation, focuses on the importance of professional mobility in the recruitment and retention of accomplished teachers. Several publications have been produced through this project and efforts related to communications and support of regional consortia are ongoing.
Teacher Quality Initiative
Funded by a grant from The Carnegie Corporation of New York, the purpose of this initiative is to increase the capacity
of elementary and secondary school teachers by identifying key issues where higher education has clear responsibility to improve teacher quality and where substantive change can be facilitated through interventions and technical assistance from SHEEO. Information and efforts resulting from this work will inform the broader strategic objective of achieving greater alignment, coherence, and effectiveness in state and institutional policies and practices that determine