One of 14 projects funded by the Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program (TSL) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2017, Empowering Educators to Excel (E3) is an exciting partnership bringing much-needed support and growth opportunities for teachers and school leaders in 47 relatively small and/or rural schools in Delaware, Indiana, South Carolina, and Texas by creating a networked improvement community.
Participating districts include:
Scroll down to explore the project's components.
Rigorous academic standards, as well as the levers and wrap-around supports within the "develop" column above, are the core of each partner districts efforts to improve teaching by leveraging current human capital.
The levers include:
"The best thing about E3 from my experience is the professional development and the coaching aspect that we're getting across the board. Administrators are getting coaching. Teachers are getting coaching and then in turn that is impacting our student achievement."
Principal, Marlboro County School District (SC)
With the goal of increasing the number of applications of high-quality teaching candidates and ensuring all vacancies are filled by Day 1 of each school year, the E3 districts are putting in place the essential elements for building 21st century recruitment systems—with the leadership of cross-departmental working teams—including the use of the latest digital communication channels, video, and best practices for candidate screening and selection.
Highlight: Teacher Recruitment Videos
Each district has created a library of videos to attract candidates, including teachers sharing their experience, showcasing the location (since many candidates may not be familiar with them) and highlighting their bright spots.
Here's one video from each district.
Insight's annual National Education Leaders' Workshop is E3's annual gathering of
Join us on February 28-29, 2020 as hundreds of education leaders from 15+ states gather in Atlanta for #NELW2020 with the goal of working together to create bold change in their classrooms, schools, and districts.
Partnering to Recruit More Teachers of Color
In January 2019 and again in November 2019, the Educator Exchange focused on convening strategic educators and administrators from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with leaders from the E3 school districts.
Together, these two critical parties in the recruitment and retention of teachers of color, worked to establish district-university partnerships to begin addressing the shortage in this teacher demographic.
The Exchange, in conjunction with the historic venue–the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, NC, set the stage for honest and vulnerable discussions around being a teacher, particularly of color, in rural/suburban districts as well as the retention and support challenges faced.
To ensure strong implementation of E3, each district has an Advisory Council comprised of district-level leaders, principals, higher education partners, and teachers to serve as the governing body for TSL implementation.
In addition, we have a grant-wide Advisory Council that meets regularly with representatives from each district, including (pictured):
Additional participants in E3 advisory council meetings (pictured):
Dr. Matthew J. Prusiecki, Superintendent, MSD of Decatur Township (IN); Jill Nyhus, VP of Communications & Public Policy, Insight Education Group; Jason Stricker, Founder, Insight Education Group; Lisa Novotney, Project Coach, Insight Education Group; Kim Day, Project Coach, Insight Education Group; Dana Dudenhoeffer, Project Coach, Insight Education Group; Yozmin Draper, Project Coach, Insight Education Group; Jason Culbertson, CEO, Insight Education Group; Steve Cantrell, External Evaluator; and Austin Long, External Evaluator team.
"E3 has personally provided me a personal network of go-to people that are facing similar challenges that we are. It's helpful because it improves our whole entire community and this has created a sense of community of relationship building and collaboration with other colleagues."
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, MSD of Decatur Township
The E3 project (from L to R) is led by Dr. Andrea Thomas-Reynolds (E3 Project Director & Senior Vice President, Insight Education Group) and includes: Jason Culbertson (CEO, Insight Education Group); Dr. Michael Moody (E3 Principal Investigator & Founder, Insight Education Group); Jason Stricker (E3 Leadership Coaching & Training & Founder, Insight Education Group); Christina Ashford (E3 Grant Manager); and Steve Cantrell (E3 External Evaluator).
One of the main supports of the E3 grant are project coaches who on-the-ground implementation support. They provide regular coaching for individuals and teams, professional development, and project management.
Bethany LeMoyne (E3 Project Coach Director; Director of Service Delivery, Insight Education Group); Kim Day (Marion County School District - SC); Dana Dudenhoeffer (Gainsville ISD - TX); Kia Johnson (Colonial School District - DE); and Regina Ureuta (Marlboro County School District - SC).
"Being a part of a networked improvement community allows us to not have to recreate the wheel but instead learn from the experiences of our other fellow leaders as well as the other districts in an effort to help us to improve and to remedy whatever situation we may be dealing with."
Dr. DesMontes Stewart
Superintendent, Gainesville ISD (TX)
Cross-school collaboration seeks to empower small districts in 5 states [Education Dive]
Insight Education Group’s Empowering Educators to Excel (E3) initiative is working to connect five small school districts in five different states in a new networked improvement community to offer support for promoting school effectiveness.
How to retain great teachers: Start with leadership opportunities [eSchool News]
Dr. Peter Leida, an assistant superintendent for the E3 Colonial School District, shares his district’s multi-layer approach to developing and empowering teachers at the classroom, building, and district levels.
How a Multi-State, Networked Improvement Community Empowers Educators to Excel [EdTech Digest]
In this panel discussion, E3 project director Jason Culbertson and three E3 district leaders share details and features of this new professional learning partnership designed to combat geographic isolation in smaller and rural schools.
Teachers turn to video for coaching [Smartbrief]
Dr. Kandace Bethea, superintendent of the E3 Marion County School District, a rural district in South Carolina, discusses how video coaching has given more flexibility and expanded her instruction coaches' support—allowing them to observe their mentee teachers after school, before the day begins, during their free period or whenever else it makes sense for them to fit it in. It gives them the time to better support their teachers, almost as if they’re able to be in two places at once.
Three ways small districts can go big on PD [eSchool News]
An instructional leader from the E3 district, MSD of Decatur Township, shares his district’s structured approach to improving teaching and learning, including using the levers from the E3 grant.
Stay Interviews: Keeping Your Best Teachers—Even in the Time of Remote Working [Webinar Recording]
In the April 2020 session of the E3 Recruitment & Retention Leadership Academy, we discussed the incredible value that "stay interviews" can provide principals in keeping their best educators. Over 40 leaders from E3 districts attended.
Recruit Like a Rockstar [Webinar Recording]
In May 2020, Insight partnered with E3 district Colonial School District and Nimble K12 to share best practices in virtual teacher recruitment. Over 200 educators from across the US registered for the event.
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