California Department of Education: Educator Effectiveness Funds

Instructor: Janette Nikolakopoulos
In 2015, the state of California awarded 500 million dollars to school districts and special schools! The funds are meant to enhance educator effectiveness through professional development, coaching, and support services. Read on to learn how the Educator Effectiveness funds can be used for teacher professional development on

How the Funds Work

Each educational organization--be it public school district, special school, or county office of education--will be given a set amount for each full-time equivalent (FTE) certificated staff member. The organization can decide how to use the funds but the goals should all be tied to improving educator effectiveness.


New and veteran teachers alike are often pressed for time. Whether they don't have time in their schedules to attend classes for professional development or they don't have enough time to create engaging lesson plans on every single topic, is the solution. We offer a large suite of professional development resources, including:

A membership to offers unlimited access to our professional development resources as well as over 20,000 lessons on a variety of topics. With our online content, a teacher can:

  • Flip the classroom. Assign lessons for homework and use class-time for enriching discussion and extended activities.
  • Differentiate instruction. Use the teacher dashboard to track students' quiz progress and tailor next steps accordingly.
  • Save time. Get pre-made lesson plans and ideas for classroom activities, discussion questions, games, and more.
  • Adapt to meet classroom needs. Pick and choose which lessons you'll show students and when.
  • Work when it's convenient. If you're taking a pedagogical course, you can take it any day of the week, any time.
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How to Use

Do you want to use lessons in your classroom? Watch this video to learn more about how teachers can become more effective teachers by reaching more students:

Contact your district or school leadership if you want to use to become a more effective educator.

If you want more information about this landmark California bill, check out this page.

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