Teaching and Learning Council

TLC 87th Legislative Session Recommendations Document

At Educate Texas, we recognize that teachers are the most important in-school factors affecting student learning. Any long-term plan for student academic success, and college and career readiness must include strategies for improving the effectiveness of our teachers. 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. Council members combine their wealth of experience and variety of perspectives to inform policies that attract, prepare, develop and retain our most effective teachers.
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. The TLC engages with all actors in the policy pipeline in a multi-pronged approach that aims to achieve the ultimate goal of placing an effective teacher in every classroom.
Specifically, the TLC:

  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 inaugural Council is co-chaired by Dr. Patricia Alverez McHatton, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Success, and P-16 Integration at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley and David Anthony, former Superintendent and former CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas. 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 will allow the Council to inform policies that affect the college and career readiness of Texas students and the effectiveness of Texas teachers. The Teaching and Learning Council is part of ongoing efforts to effect positive change through informed policy, partnerships and programs taking place at Educate Texas.

Teaching and Learning Council Members

Patricia Alvarez McHatton, Council Co-Chair Vice President of Strategy Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity
David Anthony, Council Co-Chair Former Superintendent  
Shari Albright President Raise Your Hand Texas
Jennifer Blaine Superintendent Spring Branch ISD
Kathleen Burke Principal Early College High School, Killeen ISD
Leslie Correa Elementary School Teacher Tom C. Gooch Elementary, Dallas ISD
Don Dunn Superintendent Van ISD
Monty Exter Government Relations Association of Texas Professional Educators
Steve Flores Superintendent Roundrock ISD
Chairita Franklin Assistant Superintendent Cypress Fairbanks ISD
Shonda Gibson Executive Director Texas A&M System
Charles Glover Senior Program Officer Meadows Foundation
Timothy Hise Partner TNTP
Keven Malonson Executive Director Teach Plus Texas
Rhonda Pena Elementary School Teacher Bryan Elementary, Mission CISD
Carlos Villagrana Program Officer Houston Endowment
Jeff Wheatcraft Middle School Teacher Alamo Heights, Junior School, Alamo Heights ISD
Aletha Williams High School Teacher Mayde Creek High School, Kay ISD