The Steering Committee met on December 17 to check in on the preparations for the evaluation pilot. At this meeting, the Steering Committee reviewed the draft of the Critical Attributes Guide aligned to the new observation tool. The committee advised on the work about to be underway with educators from early childhood and special education. Those Working Groups will convene this winter to review the updated observation tool and to create resources and guidance aligned to the observation tool that is specific to unique contexts of early childhood education and certain special education populations. The Steering Committee also advised on upcoming educator information sessions regarding the new system, the first of which will be held on January 13.