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Teaching and Leading

Performance expectations for teachers and leaders define how teachers can best support students and how leaders can support high-quality instruction so students can learn and thrive.

Greatness by Design (GbD): Supporting Outstanding Teaching to Sustain a Golden State (PDF; 3MB), the Educator Excellence Task Force report sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) External link opens in new window or tab. acknowledges the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) and the California Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSEL) as “beacons for guiding practice that can be used across the entire continuum of the career.” The standards for teaching and leading practices in California are:

  • California Standards for the Teaching Profession External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
    Address the diversity of students and teachers in California schools today, and they reflect a holistic, developmental view of teaching.

  • California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
    Provide quality standards for site and district leaders in order to help establish a framework for preparation, professional learning, certification, and assessments.

  • Educator Evaluation Systems
    Information for districts, the general public, and interested parties who wish to learn more about teacher and principal evaluation at the local, state, and national levels.

  • Peer Assistance and Review
    Information for districts, the general public, and interested parties who wish to learn more about the use of the Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) process at the local, state, and national levels.

2016 Educator Excellence Summit

Hosted by the California Department of Education in partnership with key California educational stakeholders, the 2016 California Educator Excellence Summit will highlight the work of California's local educational agencies as it relates to Greatness by Design: Supporting Outstanding Teaching to Sustain a Golden State and the Superintendent's Quality Professional Learning Standards.

January 20, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sacramento, California

Summit Information

Current Funding Opportunity

2015 Request for Applications-California Elementary Mathematics and Science Professional Learning Initiative
The CDE is accepting applications from eligible partnerships to provide professional learning opportunities to teams of elementary teachers and their principal to strengthen their content, pedagogical, and collective knowledge and instructional leadership skills for the continued implementation of the California academic content standards in mathematics and California academic content standards in science.

FY 2015-16 Funding Results
Funding results for the statewide California Elementary Mathematics and Science Professional Learning Initiative grant competition.

Webinar for Prospective Applicants

Slides and script presented at the California Elementary Mathematics and Science Professional Learning Initiative Request for Applications 2015 Technical Assistance Webinar on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

RFA Webinar Slides (PDF)
RFA Webinar Slide Text and Script

Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions document prepared by the CDE to provide answers to commonly asked programmatic questions.

2015 FAQs for the California Elementary Mathematics and Science Professional Learning Initiative

Past Funding

Additional Resources

Questions: Educator Excellence Office | educatorexcellence@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-7331 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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