Kaylan Connally

Kaylan Connally was a policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She provided research and analysis on policies that impact PreK-12 teaching quality and school leadership. She is currently a Senior Program Associate at the Council of Chief State School Officers, where she supports states’ efforts to improve educator preparation programs along with outcomes for diverse learners.

Previously, Connally worked on teacher evaluation design and research at D.C. Public Schools. There she led stakeholder engagement and qualitative research on teacher evaluation and developed policy proposals to increase evaluation’s formative value, including initiating a student surveys pilot. Connally began her career as a teacher in Brooklyn, where she taught sixth grade English. Connally and her work have been featured in such media outlets as The Hechinger Report, Pacific Standard, Washington Monthly, and The Atlantic. She holds an EdM in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in philosophy from New York University.

All Work

EDUCATION POLICY and NEW AMERICA
A New Era for the Battle Over Teacher Evaluations

Education Policy's "Beyond Ratings" was covered in the Atlantic.


EDUCATION POLICY
Beyond Ratings

In a new report, Kaylan Connally and Melissa Tooley look at how states are using teacher evaluation systems for professional growth.


EDUCATION POLICY
New Report Calls on States to Shift Teacher Evaluation Toward Support

New teacher evaluations aimed at raising standards for students has received push back for its use in promotions, pay and dismissals.


EDUCATION POLICY
Taking the Teacher Evaluation Debate "Beyond Ratings"

The old teacher evaluation debate focuses on student growth data, but as federal dollars dry up will that change?


EDUCATION POLICY
Paving a Path Forward for State Principal Evaluation Systems

Much attention has been paid to new teacher evaluation systems in order to improve teaching quality. What about principal evaluations?


EDUCATION POLICY
Passport to High-Quality Teacher PD

NCEE and Learning First recently released a report on international teacher professional development models.


EDUCATION POLICY
How Will ESSA Influence States’ Teacher Quality Efforts?

EDUCATION POLICY
What Candidates Should be Talking about in 2016: Six Ideas from New America

Americans should know where candidates stand on the following six issues before they cast their votes.


EDUCATION POLICY
What Will it Take for National “TeachStrong” Campaign to Really Go National?

"TeachStrong" campaign to modernize and elevate the teaching profession launches with support from diverse organizations.


EDUCATION POLICY
Master’s Requirement Threatens Equity in Dual Enrollment Access

The Higher Learning Commission's recent ruling is poised to cut or eliminate dual enrollment programs across its member states.


EDUCATION POLICY
The Sorely Overlooked School Leader

The school leader's role in helping teachers improve is missing from current debates over teacher evaluation and development.


EDUCATION POLICY
What Is the Future of Teacher Diversity in U.S. Schools?

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