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What You Need to Know about TEI

What do Distinguished Teachers look like?

Here are examples of applications submitted by teachers undergoing the 2015 Distinguished Teacher Review.  

Infographic: What is TEI?

Here is a TEI Infographic that explains the various components of the Teacher Excellence Initiative evaluation system. 


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Dallas ISD’s Destination 2020 plan focuses on improving the quality of instruction and placing an effective teacher in front of every child. Without a comprehensive teacher effectiveness system, the district will not be able to accomplish its goals. The Teacher Excellence Initiative was designed with one primary objective: improving student learning by improving teacher effectiveness.

Through TEI, the district is building on research and emerging models to establish a three-pronged approach to ensuring teacher excellence:

  • Defining Excellence: The vision for effective teaching and how it is evaluated
  • Supporting Excellence: Differentiate professional learning for teachers
  • Rewarding Excellence: Teachers are compensated based on their professional growth and impact on student learning