Tag Archives: Evaluation

Evaluating Beginning Teachers

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As a beginning teacher, not knowing what areas of your teaching to improve can be overwhelming. This is where teacher evaluations come in handy.

In Making Teacher Evaluation Work, authors Rachael Gabriel and Sarah Woulfin examine the evaluation process from both a teacher and administrator point of view. The authors suggest ways to bring these two different perspectives together with the goal of improving the evaluation process, and using teacher evaluations to improve teaching. 

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Creating Empowered Teacher and Evaluator Relationships

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In Making Teacher Evaluation Work, Rachael Gabriel and Sarah Woulfin walk you through the entire teacher evaluation process—from policy to practice—offering context and strategies with the goal of improving the process for everyone involved. The authors examine the roles of teachers, teacher leaders, coaches, and principals in supporting high-quality literacy instruction in the context of accountability and evaluation policy.

Teacher evaluations can cause unwanted tensions on both sides. In the following video, authors Rachael and Sarah discuss what an empowered teacher and evaluator relationship looks like, as well as how to maintain one.

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The Heinemann Podcast: Making Teacher Evaluation Work

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During the evaluation process, teachers might be asking for one thing while evaluators are looking for something different. How do we bring these two perspectives together to reach common goals? In Making Teacher Evaluation Work, Authors Rachael Gabriel and Sarah Woulfin suggest there’s a way to not only improve the evaluation process, but use evaluations as a way to improve teaching. Rachael and Sarah have created a resource for teachers and evaluators to read together that walks them through every step of the evaluation process. We started out our conversation on how this book came to be.

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Online PLC: The Value That Is Added

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During the month of April, we will examine the place that assessment has in the lives of both educators and students. Keep this question in mind as you view, read, and share thoughts from this month's content: How can we assess what we value?

“There are positive and negative sides to the accountability coin, but in education accountability seems only to connote shortcomings and isn’t used to acknowledge success."

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Online PLC: Be Sure Evaluators Know What to Look For

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During the month of April, we will examine the place that assessment has in the lives of both educators and students. Keep this question in mind as you view, read, and share thoughts from this month's content: In what ways can we assess what we value?

“Teacher evaluations need to do more than reveal the nature of instruction as it is; they should also support teachers in their efforts to hone their craft.”

What are your non-negotiables when it comes to instruction? What if these aren’t on the rubric?

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