The Teachers and Leaders Council is a sixteen member public body consisting of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (or his or her designee), the Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education (or his or her designee), four public school teachers, one school counselor, psychologist, speech-language pathologist, audiologist or social worker, two public school administrators, one superintendent of schools, two school board members, one representative of the regional professional development programs, one parent or legal guardian, and two persons with expertise in the development of public policy relating to education.
The roles/responsibilities of the TLC (as outlined in NRS 391.460) are as follows:
(a) Make recommendations to the State Board concerning the adoption of regulations for establishing a statewide performance evaluation system to ensure that teachers, administrators who provide primarily administrative services at the school level and who do not provide primarily direct instructional services to pupils, regardless of whether licensed as a teacher or administrator, including, without limitation, a principal and vice principal, counselors, librarians and other licensed educational personnel employed by school districts are:
(1) Evaluated using multiple, fair, timely, rigorous and valid methods, which includes evaluations based upon pupil achievement data as required by NRS 391.465;
(2) Afforded a meaningful opportunity to improve their effectiveness through professional development that is linked to their evaluations; and
(3) Provided with the means to share effective educational methods with other teachers, administrators, counselors, librarians and other licensed educational personnel throughout this State.
(b) Develop and recommend to the State Board a plan, including duties and associated costs, for the development and implementation of the performance evaluation system by the Department and school districts.
(c) Consider the role of professional standards for teachers, administrators to which paragraph (a) applies, counselors, librarians and other licensed educational personnel and, as it determines appropriate, develop a plan for recommending the adoption of such standards by the State Board.
(d) Develop and recommend to the State Board a process for peer evaluations of teachers by qualified educational personnel which is designed to provide assistance to teachers in meeting the standards of effective teaching, and includes, without limitation, conducting observations, participating in conferences before and after observations of the teacher and providing information and resources to the teacher about strategies for effective teaching.