Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Collaboration in Educator Evaluation

"More than anything, evaluation systems should be recognizing, developing, and promoting the most talented and successful educators. We need an approach to evaluation that is all about celebrating excellence, and ensuring that those who excel also thrive in their workplaces, and stay in education."
         - Member of the Massachusetts Task Force on the Evaluation of Teachers and Administrators

With DESE's Spring Convening around the corner, I felt it appropriate to post about educator evaluation.  Come join us in Marlborough, Massachusetts on May 28th and 29th to learn how many districts across the Commonwealth have approached calibration, district determined measures and student feedback.  At the core of educator evaluation is collaborative learning between teachers and administrators.  We look forward to having you as a partner! 

Linda Darling-Hammond recently published an article in American Educator that highlights the difference between teacher quality and teaching quality.  She has titled this article, One Piece of the Whole: Teacher Evaluation as Part of a Comprehensive System of Teaching and Learning.  I've come to rely on Darling-Hammond to fight the good fight.  Her desire to support continuous teacher improvement aligns with Massachusetts' five educator evaluation regulations:
  • Promote growth and development amongst leaders and teachers
  • Place student learning at the center, using multiple measure of student learning, growth, and achievement
  • Recognize excellence in teaching and leading
  • Set a high bar for professional teaching status
  • Shorten timelines for improvement
Did you know that DESE creates a monthly Education Evaluation Newsletter?  Check out this month’s ‘Implementation Spotlight’ to learn how specific schools in the Greater Boston region are focusing on giving consistent and constructive feedback.

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