Teacher Evaluation

The Myth of Walkthroughs: 8 Unobserved Practices in Classrooms

Summary:  This article looks at the practice of Classroom Walk-throughs (informal observations) and provides some insight on what might be missed or misconstrued in using this practice. Source:  Peter DeWitt, Education Week, April 19, 2016 Categories:  Classroom Practice, School Culture/Climate, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Collaboration Description: Walkthroughs are pretty popular these days. A principal, or a …

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Prioritizing Principal PD

Summary:  This article speaks to the importance of providing more professional development for principals and administrators in order to properly prepare them for the new teacher observation and evaluation systems.  Traditionally, PD for principals have been more in the area of management and there needs to be a shift to help principals effectively supervise and …

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ASCD calls for two-year moratorium on test-based teacher evals

Summary:  Education advocacy group ASCD is calling for a two-year moratorium before high-stakes exams are tied to teacher evaluations. Source:  Allie Gross, Education Dive, February 11, 2015 Category:  Teacher Evaluation Description:  Education advocacy group ASCD is calling for a two-year moratorium before high-stakes exams are tied to teacher evaluations.  The organization’s director of public policy, David Griffith, says the group …

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Seven Leadership Actions that Support Staff Members

Summary:  This article gives examples of how professional learning can be supported through questioning and reflection. Source:  Stephanie Hirsh, Ed Week Teacher, September 4, 2014 Categories: Teacher Evaluation, SEL basics, Teacher Collaboration Description: Consider how these actions contribute to a culture of learning and continuous improvement in your school, district, or organization this year. 1. …

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