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Martha Ann Todd
Division of Teacher
and Leader Effectiveness
1870 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
 (404) 463-2314
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Teacher and Leader Effectiveness

The Division of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness impacts student achievement by providing programs and resources to enhance teacher and leader effectiveness that include the following: Title II, Part A grant awards; CLASS Keys and Leader Keys evaluation systems; and professional learning.

The goal of the division is to promote and support teacher and leader effectiveness to improve student learning in every classroom in the state.

Teacher Effectiveness
  • Manages effective use of Title II, Part A funds at the state and local level that are specifically targeted for use to meet the highly qualified teacher requirements of No Child Left Behind.
  • Promotes effective use of professional development funds and activities to support school improvement.
  • Maintains current data regarding teacher shortage areas.
  • Implements the CLASS (Classroom Analysis of School Standards) Keys – Georgia’s new teacher evaluation process. The following strands are the basis for the standards, elements, and rubrics.
    • Curriculum and Planning
    • Standards-Based Instruction
    • Assessment of Student Learning
    • Professionalism
    • Student Achievement
  • Teacher Induction Task Force
    • Identifies a Georgia model for induction and creates induction standards.
    • Georgia Department of Education and Board of Regents Pre-service Field Study partnership
      • Conducts a pre-service field study of the CLASS Keys new teacher evaluation system with a small number (8) of Georgia’s colleges and universities.
Draft Teacher and Principal Induction Guidelines

The Georgia Department of Education, with support and collaboration from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, has been working with a statewide Induction Task Force since June 2011 to develop a high-level draft of induction guidelines for teacher and for principals.

The statewide Induction Task Force is a cross-disciplinary team of fifty members that includes teachers, instructional coaches, early career and experienced principals, district leaders, university faculty, education organization staff, and state agency leaders. As part of the Race To The Top initiative, this Task Force utilized national and international research, model programs, and Georgia district experiences to develop the draft teacher and principal induction guidelines. Their work on these drafts will continue to be informed through the 2011-2012 school year by public comment and work with the Race To The Top districts. The guidelines will be finalized in Summer 2012.

The purpose of these guidelines is to inform state policy and development in the areas of teacher and principal induction. One aspect of this project is a focus on recruiting, retaining, and supporting effective teachers and principals.

The draft induction guidelines are now available for public comment through the links below. Please share your feedback on the draft induction guidelines from October 1 through December 30, 2011. You may send your feedback to

Teacher Induction Guidelines FINAL Draft 9-30-2011
Teacher Induction Introduction FINAL Draft 9-30-2011
Principal Induction Guidelines FINAL Draft 9-30-2011
Principal Guidelines Introduction FINAL Draft 9-30-2011

Leader Effectiveness
  • Leader Keys
    • Implements a new leader evaluation process to improve the quality and effectiveness of principals/administrators. The ten strands are the basis for the standards, elements, and rubrics.
    • Curriculum
    • Assessment
    • Standards-Based Instruction
    • Data Analysis
    • Organizational Culture
    • Professional Learning and Development
    • Performance Management and Process Improvement
    • Managing Operations
    • Leading Change
    • Relationship Development
CLASS KeysSM Copyright Request Information for GaDOE Website

The CLASS KeysSM Teacher Evaluation System is a copyrighted work developed by the Georgia Department of Education on behalf of the State of Georgia. It was created to assist school districts and other educational agencies in reforming teacher evaluations.

If you are a vendor, you must request permission to reproduce any CLASS KeysSM material. Please submit the following in writing:

  • Contact information (name, organization/company, address, email, and phone number);
  • Source of the material (e.g. process guide, training manual);
  • Description of the material (e.g. entire document, excerpt, illustration, page numbers);
  • Purpose of content usage (description of how you plan to use the content and the intended audience); and
  • Marketing and distribution plan.

The information should be submitted to:

Division Director
Teacher and Leader Effectiveness
1870 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30334

A written response either granting or denying the request will be forwarded as soon as possible (typically within ten business days). Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Stacey Suber-Drake, Associate General Counsel, at

Leader Keys
Leader Keys Standards
Leader Keys Standards Summary
Leader Keys Analysis Form & Evidence Worksheet
Leader Keys Professional Growth Plan
Leader Keys Pre-Evaluation Conference Form

Class Keys
CLASS Keys Standards
CLASS Keys Process Cycle
CLASS Keys Crosswalk
CLASS Keys Strands & Elements Graphic
CLASS Keys Process Guide

Click here to access individual Training Modules

Class Keys Forms
Self-Assessment Form
Professional Growth Plan
Pre-Evaluation Conference Form
Formative Analysis

Georgia Framework for Teaching
RT3 Great Teachers and Leaders Presentation
Curriculum Directors' Conference

Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) Teacher Certification
Teach Georgia
National Teacher Shortage Areas
Improving Teacher Quality State Grants
Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals