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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.

Improving Teacher Quality State Agency for Higher Education Grant Program

The ITQ State Grants program is a federal program, established under Title II, Part A of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 – Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 84.367. The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified. Grant awards are contingent on continued funding by Congress and subject to any changes made in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

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Questions: Educator Excellence Office | educatorexcellence@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-7331 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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