Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser will co-chair a new statewide Educator Excellence Task Force, according to a recent announcement from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
Noting that Steinhauser is nationally recognized for improving student achievement, the state superintendent announced the appointment to the task force, which will recommend ways of strengthening California’s teacher corps.
The task force, part of Torlakson’s Blueprint for Great Schools, will be a joint effort of the California Department of Education and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. It will be co-chaired by Stanford University’s Linda Darling-Hammond. The full membership of the task force will be announced soon.
“For all the necessity of good facilities, high-quality materials and talented administrators, teachers are really at the center of a child’s school day,” Torlakson said. “That’s why one of the cornerstones of our Blueprint for Great Schools is developing a system that will lead to teachers who are consistently well prepared and well supported, and who continue to have opportunities to grow throughout their careers. That’s also why Dr. Darling-Hammond and Superintendent Steinhauser have my thanks and my admiration for being willing to oversee this important work.”
The Educator Excellence Task Force will:
• Develop comprehensive recruitment, training and preparation frameworks for both new and experienced educators
• Encourage the development of more effective educator evaluation systems
• Make certain that these systems are supported by training for evaluators, mentoring for teachers, and professional development programs
• Recommend how these systems should be designed, supported and implemented
Darling-Hammond is an education professor at Stanford, where she launched the School Redesign Network, the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute, and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. She serves on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing by appointment of Gov. Jerry Brown, and she has written more than 300 articles on education policy and practice, as well as more than a dozen books.
Steinhauser is a 30-year educator in Long Beach, which has been recognized nationally for improving student achievement and closing achievement gaps.
“I’m honored and thankful that Superintendent Torlakson has recognized the excellence of Long Beach schools and teachers by allowing us significant input on this task force,” Steinhauser said. “We plan to share our best practices, learn from others, and improve the delivery of instruction to thousands of students in local schools and statewide.”