Lorrie Shepard, dean of the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Education, has been appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to the governor's Council for Educator Effectiveness. Shepard is the designee of Rico Munn, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. The council, created by executive order on Jan. 13, works to define educator effectiveness and new educator evaluations tied to student growth. The 15 members of the council will tackle education reform at the local level and are tasked with developing and recommending guidelines for adequate implementation of a high-quality educator evaluation system, according to the executive order.