What We Do

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TxCEE invests in PEOPLE, working with school districts across the state to implement innovative solutions that foster growth and collaboration among educators at all levels.

The Texas Center for Educator Excellence (TxCEE) focuses on improving student achievement in Texas schools by improving Human Capital. Our approach to this work is NOT about “programs” or “products” but rather by supporting school districts with designing and implementing systems to maximize educator performance. We understand that “programs” or “products” are often not sustainable due to ongoing costs. Programs and Products are often not very effective in that they only tackle a small area of concern—rather than being tied to a larger system for success. Too often school districts tackle problems through a piecemeal approach. Districts are left with programs layered on top of each other, and in the end, teachers and principals are left with trying to figure out which program they should be following when there is overlap.

At TxCEE, we believe the key to improving student achievement is by INVESTING IN PEOPLE. The human component brings a need for a multi-faceted approach to meet individual educator needs. The culmination of this multi-faceted approach at TxCEE is a system that includes multiple interconnected components. Sometimes our work begins with a district by focusing on one of these components. Other times, we start our work with districts by conducting a comprehensive analysis of the district’s Human Capital Management System and make recommendations on necessary enhancements to effectively support teachers and principals and enhance student performance.

The Texas Center for Educator Excellence (TxCEE) works with school districts to advance their Human Capital Management System to balance rigorous accountability with strong support for teachers and school leaders.


TxCEE Is Focused on:

Graphic with 4 focus areas: Improving Educator Excellence, Improving Student Achievement, Aligning District Resources, and Teacher and School Leader Training

(Texas Center for Educator Excellence, 2019)

Current Goals at TxCEE:

  • Collaborate with school districts and other entities statewide to improve schools
  • Transform district structures to improve student achievement
  • Build high-quality HCMS
  • Assist with implementation of educator evaluation systems that includes student growth measures
  • Provide targeted, high-quality training to improve educator effectiveness

To address the enormous challenge of managing educator talent, TxCEE developed the Texas Educator Excellence Model (TEEM) with the generous support of a $60 Million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. TEEM addresses the challenges identified in high-need schools by improving systems for educator preparation, selection, support, evaluation, and compensation. TEEM builds upon existing HCMS models and are enhanced with timely and relevant support and guidance from TxCEE.

TEEM Components: Leadership Pipelines; Data Driven Instructional Support; Professional Development; Mentoring & Support; Career Pathways; Evaluation Systems; Recruiting, Retraining, & Rewarding Educators; and Family, Community, & Educator Involvement

(Texas Center for Educator Excellence, 2019)

TEEM Key Strategies

  • Rigorous teacher and principal evaluation instruments
  • Provide effectiveness ratings for teachers and principals
  • Measure student growth in every classroom in the district
  • Provide opportunities for increased compensation to effective teachers and principals
  • Build a district-wide professional development system tailored to educator and student needs
  • Support data use for continuous improvement
  • Strengthen induction, coaching, and mentoring systems
  • Create career pathway opportunities
  • Engage educators, parents, and community to improve systems
  • Implement leadership pipelines
  • No state can systematically influence the quality of the educator workforce without robust partnerships between public and higher education systems. TxCEE connects school districts with Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), with whom they will engage in strategic partnerships to ensure that the quality of the educator pipeline is maximized.

    Texas Center for Educator Excellence

    The Texas Center for Educator Excellence (TxCEE), supported through Region 18 Education Service Center (ESC), provides technical assistance to Texas school districts to improve educator excellence. TxCEE’s mission focuses on equipping educators to improve student achievement by aligning district resources and increasing educator effectiveness through campus leadership training, coaching, and instructional support.


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    If you would like information about our trainings or consulting services for Texas school districts, please contact Priscilla Gonzalez Flores, TxCEE Communications Manager, at pflores@txcee.org.

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