Momentum : A Newsletter of the ARCC             January 2018
Greetings!
In the depths of winter we're encouraged to look at the good work underway throughout the Appalachian region and to listen in on conversations with education leaders like West Virginia Associate Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch and ARCC Director Caitlin Howley. Happy reading. 

Clayton Burch Reflects on West Virginia's Work with the  ARCC

Last month we interviewed Clayton Burch, Associate Superintendent of Schools for the West Virginia Department of Education, about the Office of Early Learning's work with the ARCC. We offer excerpts from that interview.

TDOE Launches Social and Personal Competencies Modules

The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) will hold its annual education conference at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, February 6-8, 2018. The 2018 Partners in Education Conference is open to both teachers and administrators.  During the one-day pre-conference February 5, TDOE will launch the Social and Personal Competencies modules, d eveloped in partnership with the ARCC. 

Caitlin Howley Talks about Evaluating Technical Assistance

Early in January we interviewed Caitlin Howley, Director of the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center, about what we can learn from evaluation of technical assistance.

AIR and Pew Trusts Report on Tennessee's Micro-Credentials  

The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) is in its second year of piloting micro-credentialing for teachers across the state. TDOE has expanded the pilot to include two pathways: the Teacher Leadership Pathway in partnership with Teaching Matters, and the TEAM-Aligned Pathway (aligned with the state's teacher evaluation), which is focused on questioning, problem-solving, and higher thinking. The Teacher Leadership Pathway has five districts participating, and the TEAM-Aligned Pathway, nine districts. Last fall AIR issued its report, Micro-credentials for Teachers: What Three Early Adopter States Have Learned So Far, which featured Tennessee as one of the three early adopters. The Pew Charitable Trust Stateline Blog also reported on the recent interest in micro-credentials, referencing the AIR report and offering a detailed profile of the Tennessee Micro-Credentialing Pilot Program.


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