Public Officials

Partners

U.S. Department of Education www.ed.gov
Arizona Department of Education www.azed.gov
Arizona Charter Schools Association www.azcharters.org
Chicago Public School www.cps.edu
Education Minnesota www.educationminnesota.org
Iowa State Education Association www.isea.org
Massachusetts Teachers Union massteachers.org
Minnesota Department of Education http://education.state.mn.us/
New Jersey Department of Education http://www.nj.gov/education/
New Jersey Charter Schools Association njcharters.org
New York State Education Department www.nysed.gov

Who’s Listening to VIVA Teachers

Who’s Listening: Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education
VIVA Teacher Leaders From: Coast to Coast
Impact: VIVA Teachers’ ideas about improved federal policies for teacher training and career development are reflected in U.S. Department of Education policies such as: Presidential Teaching Fellows program proposal, RESPECT initiatives

Who’s Listening: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
VIVA Teacher leaders from: Minnesota Public Schools
Impact: Governor Dayton champions VIVA Teachers’ recommendations for principal evaluation framework, numerous Minnesota School Districts briefed on VIVA Teachers’ principal evaluation framework and the Minnesota Legislature considered VIVA’s recommendations for principal evaluations.

Who’s Listening: Minnesota Task Force on Teacher Evaluation, Tom Dooer, President, Education Minnesota, and Governor Mark Dayton
VIVA Teacher Leaders from: Minnesota Public Schools
Impact: Ongoing work

Who’s Listening: Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Brizard
 and Mayor Rahm Emanuel
VIVA Teacher leaders from: Chicago Public Schools
Impact: Chicago Public Schools officials incorporate VIVA Teachers’ ideas into design of a longer school day, including recess for all elementary students.
Two school holidays—Columbus Day and Pulaski Day—become attendance days.
VIVA Teachers invited to join CPS committees planning the new school schedule.

Who’s Listening: Arizona Secretary of Education John Huppenthal and President of the Arizona State Board of Education Jaime Molera
VIVA Teacher Leaders from: Arizona Charter Schools
Impact: Arizona Department of Education revamped elements of its Common Core transition planning, including revising the Departmental Common Core website resources and approaches to informing parents about Common Core. The Department is also incorporating examples from Common Core implementation in charter schools in its planning for professional development policy.

Who’s listening: New York State Education Commissioner John King
 & NYSUT Vice President Maria Niera
VIVA Teacher Leaders from: New York Public Schools
Impact: VIVA Teachers provide advice and counsel on relative importance of five measures of teacher effectiveness to State Department of Education during regulatory drafting of statewide teacher evaluation standards.

Who’s listening: Massachusetts Teachers Union Board of Directors and President Paul Toner
VIVA Teacher Leaders from: Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities, the 26 largest urban districts in the state, excluding Boston
Impact: Work in progress