Evaluation Services T-TESS/T-PESS/Student Growth/AEL

  • The ESC Region 11 Leadership Development Team provides support, training, and technical assistance to districts on the Texas Evaluation Systems.  ESC Region 11 trains district leadership responsible for evaluating educators using  the Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS), the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS), Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL), the Student Growth Measures, specifically Student Learning Objectives (SLO), and Impact Coaching for T-TESS & T-PESS.


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  •  AEL

    Administrators must be knowledgeable in curriculum and instruction, be skillful in data gathering and analysis, be able to set goals, be skillful in conducting effective conferences, have team building skills and conflict resolution skills, and have mentoring and coaching skills.  In order to meet these expectations, Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) was developed.  This three day, research-based and engaging training is now required for teacher appraisers and is the co-requisite for the Texas-Teacher Evaluation Support System (T-TESS).  Administrators who have an ILD Certification WILL NOT be required to take AEL.  If you have any questions regarding AEL, please contact Jim Phillips, Jeff Smith, or Jennifer Baadsgaard

    AEL Training                   January 14-16, 2020  (8am-5pm)

    AEL Training                   March 16-18, 2020  (8am-5pm) (Canceled due to CoVID 19)

    AELTraining                    June 16-18, 2020  (Virtual - additional information will be sent the week prior to training)

    AEL Training                  July 21-23, 2020  (8am-5pm)

    AEL Training                   August 11-13, 2020  (8am-5pm)

    AEL Training (late hire)    September 15-17, 2020  (8am-5pm)



    The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) supports instruction and student performance.  This new system includes an evaluation rubric, goal-setting, and an embedded student growth measure.  T-TESS is intended to promote a growth mindset among educators by providing tools for self-reflection as well as a system of continuous, purposeful feedback from appraisers and observers.  If you have any questions regarding T-TESS, please contact Jim Phillips, Wes Jackson, or Jennifer Baadsgaard(An ILD or AEL Certificate is a co-requisite in order to be T-TESS certified.)

    T-TESS Appraiser Training    January 8-10, 2020  (8am-5pm)

    T-TESS Appraiser Training    March 9-11, 2020  (8am-5pm)

    T-TESS Appraiser Training    June 9-11, 2020 (Virtual - additional information will be sent the week prior to training)

    T-TESS Appraiser Training    July 14-16, 2020  (8am-5pm)

    T-TESS Appraiser Training    August 4-6, 2020  (8am-5pm)

    T-TESS Appraiser Training (Late Hire)    September 8-10, 2020  (8am-5pm)



    The state evaluation system for principals is the Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS).  This system is designed around research-based best practices among school administrators and promotes a growth mindset, reflection, and setting/sustaining professional goals.  If you have any questions regarding T-PESS, please contact Jim Phillips or Jennifer Baadsgaard.

    TRAINING REGISTRATION LINKS & DATES                                                     
    T-PESS   January 21-22, 2020         

    T-PESS   June 23-34, 2020

    T-PESS   August 5-6, 2020




    This state-created training provides additional support to T-TESS and T-PESS appraisers/observers in the area of coaching. Participants will learn and practice coaching skills based on cognitive coaching, instructional coaching, and action-coaching research.   If you have any questions regarding T-PESS, please contact Jennifer Baadsgaard or Wes Jackson.

    Impact Coaching for T-TESS & T-PESS   April 2-3, 2020  (Canceled due to CoVID 19)

    Impact Coaching for T-TESS & T-PESS  July 27-28, 2020


    EPP - Education Preparation Program

    The Texas Education Agency has created 2 separate trainings for Field Supervisors of Educator Preparation Programs.  This training was developed to meet the requirements of recently adopted Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §228.35(g) and (h). This section of TAC requires that “supervision of each candidate shall be conducted with the structured guidance and regular ongoing support of an experienced educator who has been trained as a field supervisor. Supervision provided on or after September 1, 2017, must be provided by a field supervisor who has completed TEA-approved observation training.   If you have any questions, please email Kayce Hale.  

    Field Supervisor Observation Training (for Teacher Certification Candidates)

      • Field Supervisor Observation Training was developed to provide guidelines and instruction delivery of classroom structures and best practices for field supervisor observation visits to teacher candidates participating in clinical teaching or internship experiences through educator preparation programs (EPPs).
      • This training is designed for field supervisors who support clinical teachers or internship teachers who have been admitted to an EPP on or after December 27, 2016.

    Field Supervisor Observation Training    TBD         


    Field Supervisor Coaching Training (for Advanced Certification Candidates)

      • Field Supervisor Coaching Training provides guidelines and instruction for field supervisor support to candidates seeking certification in an area other than classroom teacher and who are participating in practicum experiences through educator preparation programs (EPPs). The training focuses on structures and practices that support candidates’ development with respective certification standards for performance.
      • This training is designed for all field supervisors who support educational diagnostician, master teacher, principal, reading specialist, school counselor, school librarian, and superintendent candidates who have been admitted to an EPP on or after December 27, 2016.

    Field Supervisor Coaching Training   February 26, 2020         






    Training Dates for Student Learning Objectives (SLO).  For additional information, please contact Wes Jackson

Contact Information


    Director:  Travis Whisenant (817) 740-7636

    T-PESS:  Jennifer Baadsgaard, Leadership Development Consultant/Campus Coach (817) 740-7640

    AEL:   Jennifer Baadsgaard, Leadership Development Consultant/Campus Coach (817)740-7640

    T-TESS:   Jennifer Baadsgaard, Leadership Development Consultant/Campus Coach(817)740-7640

    SLO:   Wes Jackson, Leadership Development Consultant/Campus Coach (817) 740-7638


    Field Supervisor Observation/Coaching:  Kayce Hale, EPP Certification Coordinator, (817) 740-7589