The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) is dedicated to supporting state education leaders in their efforts to grow, respect, and support great teachers and leaders for all students. The GTL Center continues the work of the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (TQ Center) and expands its focus to provide technical assistance and online resources designed to build systems that:

  • Support the implementation of college and career standards.
  • Ensure the equitable distribution of effective teachers and leaders.
  • Recruit, retain, reward, and support effective educators.
  • Develop coherent human capital management systems.
  • Create safe academic environments that increase student learning through positive behavior management and appropriate discipline.
  • Use data to guide professional development and improve instructional improvement.

The GTL Center is administered by American Institutes for Research (AIR) and its partners: the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Public Impact.

In the Spotlight

Celebrate National Teacher Day on May 7!

The GTL Center is honoring teachers on May 7 and all throughout Teacher Appreciation Week. Read U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s blog post on how to make our commitment to recognizing teachers’ value more substantive and lasting. Follow the GTL Center’s Facebook and Twitter pages to thank a teacher and spread the word about the crucial role teachers play in making sure every student receives a quality education.

New Education Week Commentary!
Making Teacher Evaluation a Launch Pad for Growth

How can teacher evaluation be used to deliver the supports, strategies, and resources needed to develop all teachers to their best, most effective professional selves? In this Education Week commentary, Angela Minnici (GTL Center director) and Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt (GTL Center researcher) detail five fundamental steps that states and districts can take right now to make growth-oriented evaluation a reality.

New Principal Leadership Articles!

The March 2013 edition of Principal Leadership, published by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, focuses on finding a balance between summative and formative purposes in teacher evaluation. Laura Goe, Ph.D., GTL Center senior research and policy advisor, and Matthew Clifford, Ph.D., GTL Center researcher, contribute to this discussion in their articles on new shifts in teacher and principal evaluation. More details about these GTL Center collaborations are available online.

New Resource!
Ask the Team

This monthly publication series from the GTL Center summarizes key examples, strategies, or research findings that we have compiled directly in response to technical assistance requests received from the field. Ask the Team is a short resource that you can read in less than 10 minutes.

Upcoming Events

New Webinar Series: Measuring Student Growth for Non-Tested Subjects and Grades

In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) is presenting a three-part webinar series on measuring growth in non-tested grades and subjects. Each webinar will focus on a single, specific measurement approach and will include presentations by GTL Center experts and by states that are actually using the approach in the field.

  • Webinar 1: Use of Schoolwide Growth—Presented April 27, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Webinar 2: Use of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)—Presented May 2, 2013, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Webinar 3: Building or Buying Assessments—Presented May 10, 2012, from
    2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time

You can access copies of individual presentations on the U.S. Department of Education’s ESEA Flexibility site after each webinar. To register for one or all of the webinars, please contact Catherine Pugh.

Additional Publications of Interest

Our Responsibility, Our Promise: Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry Into the Profession

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) recently released this report on transforming educator preparation and entry. On December 17, 2012, CCSSO also hosted a webcast highlighting the release of this new report. A webcast recording from the briefing is available online.

Anticipating Innovation in Teacher Evaluation Systems: Lessons for Researchers and Policymakers

In this special report written for the American Enterprise Institute's series Teacher Quality 2.0, Michael Hanson (of AIR’s CALDER Center) predicts that competing cost burdens will lead to more automated, data-driven teacher evaluation systems. Research can play a key role in ensuring that these shifts improve teacher practice by focusing on small-scale measurement, implementation issues, workforce monitoring, and breaking existing research paradigms.