Welcome to EDUCATEalabama
Adopted by the Alabama State BAlabama Quality Teaching Standards (AQTS), Alabama Administrative Code §290-3-3-.04. The AQTS constitutes the foundation of the teaching profession while the Continuum is a tool used to guide educator reflection, self-assessment, and goal setting for professional learning and growth.
Importance of EDUCATE/LEADAlabama
Please take a few minutes to view Dr. Thomas R. Bice, State Superintendent of Education, as he discusses the importance of EDUCATEAlabama (EA) and LEADAlabama (LEAD), the formative evaluation online processes for teachers/educators and instructional leaders serving students in Alabama’s schools. Dr. Bice’s words are timely as practitioners prepare to implement EA in Year 3 and and LEAD in Year 1, beginning August 1, 2012.
EA/LEAD video featuring Dr. Bice (Click to view)
AETC 2012 Conference Materials:June 13
Adopted by the Alabama State Board of Education in May 2009, then piloted in 2009-2010, EDUCATEAlabama is a formative system designed to provide information about an educator’s current level of practice within the Alabama Continuum for Teacher Development, which is based on the Alabama Quality Teaching Standards (AQTS), Alabama Administrative Code §290-3-3-.04. The AQTS constitutes the foundation of the teaching profession while the Continuum is a tool used to guide educator reflection, self-assessment, and goal setting for professional learning and growth.
Pursuant to the Alabama Administrative Code §290-3-2-.01(28), EDUCATEAlabama supports sustained and collaborative activities for educators designed to increase the academic achievement of all students. The activities must be consistent with the Alabama Standards for Professional Development, Alabama Administrative Code §290-4-3-.01(3). The activities must strengthen pedagogical knowledge and promote the acquisition of research-based strategies. For currently employed Alabama educators, the activities chosen to improve practice must by supported by data from local schools. Professional Learning Plans (PLP) must be approved by the employing superintendent.
A group of stakeholders, comprised of Alabama instructional leaders and educators, worked diligently in 2009 to develop the EDUCATEAlabama process. As a result of that committee’s work, the EDUCATEAlabama Professional Learning Collaborative was chosen to replace the Professional Education Personnel Evaluation (PEPE) Program as the evaluation process needed to meet the state’s 1988 requirement of personnel evaluation for Alabama’s educators.
The EDUCATEAlabama process, a formative system designed to provide data about an educator’s current level of practice within the Alabama Continuum for Teacher Development based on the Alabama Quality Teaching Standards, was piloted statewide in 2009-2010. As the process implies, EDUCATEAlabama is a professional learning collaborative. Data were used by the instructional leader and educator to set expectations, goals, and a plan of action for educator professional growth and learning. Instructional leaders and educators received training to implement the process through a series of online training modules. This training was an approved professional study by the Alabama Council for Leadership Development (ACLD). Upon successful completion of this ACLD approved professional study, instructional leaders and educators seeking to maintain Alabama instructional leader certification, earned a Professional Learning Unit (PLU). << Less
2011-2012 Educate Alabama Information Webinars
- September 7, 2011: Introduction of 2010-2011 EA Data Reports
FAQs: September 7, 2011 WebEx
- October 26, 2011: WebEx featuring Elmore County Schools: EA Data Analysis, Completing Self Assessment and Developing PLP
FAQs: October 26, 2011 WebEx:
- December 13, 2011: WebEx featuring Hoover City Schools: Data Analysis and Adding Supporting Evidence
February, 2012: WebEx Sessions - EA Year Two Implementation
EDUCATEAlabama (EA) – LEAs Speak Out!
Four (4) 15 Minute Pre-recorded WebEx Sessions
FAQs: Email questions regarding the February, 2012 WebEx Sessions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Development Opportunities available to all instructional leaders and educators
Login to the EA Online System? Click EDUCATEAlabama Online system
Online Education Directory (ED DIR)
To access the EDUCATEAlabama online process, all instructional leaders, teachers, and educators employed in Alabama public schools must register a new account or annually update an existing account through the State Department of Education's Online Education Directory. If an instructional leader, teacher or educator has changed school systems, the previous school system must remove the instructional leader, teacher, or educator from its district staff and school staff, as applicable, in the Online Education Directory, as soon as possible. To access a copy of the directions, click Online Education Directory or if you would like to view the video tutorials, click here!
Professional Education Personnel Evaluation (PEPE)
The Alabama Professional Education Personnel Evaluation Program (PEPE) is the product and culmination of the intense, informed and dedicated efforts of the many educational practitioners who participated in its development. In many respects, the resultant approach is a salient departure from numerous other evaluative approaches currently in use in many school systems nationwide. Rather than focusing on personal traits, which may or may not relate to the quality of performance, the program concentrates on competencies and knowledge/skills which effective educators are known to possess, on performance standards, and on results. The evaluation program’s primary goal is the improvement of teaching and learning; and it seeks to effect growth, collegiality and assistance as opposed to dismissal or demotion.
For more information regarding PEPE, go to http://www.alabamapepe.com
Upcoming Professional Study Reviews
Applications received by:
· Apr. 28, 2014 will be reviewed May 13, 2014.
· Jul. 8, 2014 will be reviewed Jul. 22, 2014.
· Sept. 9, 2014 will be reviewed Sept. 23, 2014.