Change You Can Count On: Change Management in K-12
Education is constantly changing, giving us new opportunities to discover, create and adapt. That goes for all of us: the teachers referring to real world situations and current events to deepen student learning, the Curriculum & Instruction specialists seeking ways to further uphold and implement best practices in evaluations and professional learning, and the administrators who must prepare for and comply with new regulations and expectations.
Students Evaluating Teachers: It’s Time to Ask the Kids…and Then Listen to Them
One day Alan*, a high school student in my special education English class, exclaimed in frustration, “All we ever do in here is read and write!” It was a proud moment for me. A huge compliment. That statement validated for me that I was doing it right, not wasting precious instructional time with frivolous activities.Continue Reading
Why Use the Danielson Framework for Teaching, 2011 and 2013 Editions (Over 2007, That Is)?
When Charlotte Danielson first published the Danielson Framework for Teaching in 1996, her intent was to describe what good teaching was. Over the course of several revisions in 2007, 2011 and 2013, the Framework has provided a common language for discussing teaching practice for a vast number of districts across the country. It also serves as a guide for professional learning over the course of a teacher's entire career.
3 Ways Evaluating Your Classified Staff Can Make a Positive Difference in Your School (and Where to Start)
It was always cold when I walked to the bus stop, at least in my memory. Down the hill to the corner store, fumbling with a cassette for my Walkman, lugging a far-too-heavy backpack. Every day of the school year, Ms. Nuse was the first school employee I’d see, and at the end of the day, the last one, too. She was no nonsense, but kind. She drove bus 23.Continue Reading
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Are Teacher Evaluations Worth It?
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5 Lessons for Creating Positive Change Through Coherent Teacher Evaluation
What Robla School District learned by upending their teacher evaluations and empowering teacher leaders.Continue Reading
Continuous Educator Improvement? We Have Resources for That.
Continuous improvement - an idea that has taken root in other industries - is increasingly seen in K-12. Often, it refers to continuous school improvement and long-term growth in student achievement, engagement, attendance and the like.Continue Reading
5 Tips to Understanding and Avoiding Bias in Teacher Performance Evaluations
We are well into the last quarter of the school year, and that means we are entering the final phase of conducting classroom observations for teacher performance evaluation. If observations involve only one person, how do we enhance intra-rater reliability? And especially, if multiple observers have been involved in observing teachers’ classroom performance, what can we do to ensure inter-rater reliability? If a vice principal conducted an observation earlier in the year and the principal is scheduled to conduct an additional or final observation, how can we ensure the results of the more recent observation won’t sway the decision disproportionately and that observers are using the same yardstick to measure effectiveness?Continue Reading
High-Stakes Evaluations and the Teacher Shortage
No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, the Every Student Succeeds Act - all inspiring names, all painting a picture of education in which each student learns to her full potential. But what happens when well-intended laws yield unintended results? (We're looking at you, NCLB.)Continue Reading
Are Teacher Evaluations and a Growth Mindset Mutually Exclusive?
Wouldn’t the process of giving feedback, which is, really, criticizing through performance evaluation processes, conflict with the promotion of a growth mindset? Given what is known about the negative effects of performance evaluation, could it be claimed that these hierarchical and outdated management practices may in fact promote a fixed mindset in adults?Continue Reading
The Biggest Issues Facing K-12 Superintendents in 2017
The job of superintendent is one of the most challenging in a school district. Meeting school board and community expectations while ensuring high academic performance is no easy task — especially with tightening budgets and evolving federal mandates.Continue Reading