Teaching and Learning Council

TLC 88th Legislative Session Recommendations Document

At Educate Texas, we recognize that teachers are the most important in-school factors affecting student learning. To achieve the goal of placing an effective teacher in every Texas classroom, we must collaborate directly with teachers in developing policies that effect change related to teacher preparation and pathways.
To that end, the Teaching and Learning Council (TLC) convenes practitioners and a focused group of diverse stakeholders committed to improving the public education system in Texas. The TLC acts as a resource to Texas legislators, state agencies and other regulatory bodies by sharing its research and evidence-based recommendations related to effective teaching policy.
Teaching and Learning Council Activities

  1. Convenes to review research, policy and practices
  2. Participates in facilitated discussions to address college and career readiness and effective teaching impact areas
  3. Determines recommendations for legislature, state agencies, school districts, institutions of higher education and/or alternative certification programs
  4. Engages key audiences and provides research, information and advocacy as appropriate

The council is comprised of a variety of practitioners and stakeholders, including principals, superintendents, and representatives from education preparation programs, institutions of higher education, and advocacy groups. Leveraging this diversity of experiences and perspectives allows the council to inform policies that affect the college and career readiness of Texas students and the effectiveness of Texas teachers.

Teaching and Learning Council Members

Woodrow Bailey Chief of Human Capital Management  Midland ISD
Dr. Sarah Beal Executive Director US Prep National Center
Lucia Borrego  Chief Academic Officer Socorro ISD
Davida Burks Principal Centennial Elementary, Lubbock ISD 
Angela Burley Teacher Dr. Frederick Douglass Todd Sr. Middle School, Dallas ISD 
Robert Carreon Vice President of Public Affairs for Texas  Teach for America
Dr. Art Cavazos Superintendent in Residence Educate Texas, Council Chair
Don Dunn Superintendent Van ISD
Dr. Stacey Edmonson Dean, College of Education Sam Houston State University
Jonathan Feinstein State Director Education Trust Texas
Amanda Fransham Program Officer Meadows Foundation
Helen Hailemariam Executive Director Relay GSE
Dr. Doug Hamman Director of Teacher Education Texas Tech University
Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson Assistant Professor Texas A&M University
Dr. Saul Hinojosa Superintendent Somerset ISD 
Dr. Diann Huber Founder & Strategic Advisor iTeach
Cody Huie Vice President of Programs Charles Butt Foundation 
Dominique McCain Managing Director Commit Partnership
Ericka Olivarez  Principal CAST Teach High School, Northside ISD 
Nicole Moore-Kriel Program Officer Powell Foundation
Yvette Peña Teacher International School of the Americas, North East ISD
Dr. Gisela Saenz Superintendent La Joya ISD
Dr. Beverly Sande Director of Panther Teaching Academy Prairie View A&M
Dr. Sharon Shields Superintendent La Vega ISD
Patrick Steck Senior Director of Policy Deans for Impact
Dr. Clifton Tanabe Dean University of Texas at El Paso 
Tania Tasneem  Teacher Kealing Middle School, Austin ISD 
Dr. Amber Thompson Associate Chair, Teacher Education University of Houston
Dr. Pam Wells Former Executive Director Region 4 Service Center