I have been exposed to a number of meetings, readings and conversations recently around teacher evaluation and the teacher evaluation process. I thought about covering that over the next few blog posts. Here's blog post number 1:
Ideas surrounding Teacher Evaluation:
Effective leadership requires
- For administrators - Communication, Visibility and Accessibility
- For teachers - Commitment to collaboration
Administrators in their role as educational leaders:
- Build a common vision, language and knowledge base.
- Focus on learning not teaching.
- Establish a climate of trust.
- Get into the classroom for formal and informal observations.
- Always leave a note for the teacher after being in their room.
- Provide a weekly e-mail to the whole staff communicating generalities about what was observed.
- Ensure professional development that is job embedded, highly effective and spreads best practices.
- Create a curriculum leadership team that includes teachers, community members, instructional coaches, and administrators.
- Share observation and evaluation responsibility to a team of educational leaders.
- Create effective instructional leadership through conditions that allow teachers to be successful, finding ways to monitor progress, providing feedback, and celebrating successes.
- Are committed learners and are humble enough to support teachers and not speak from a pedestal.
- Are lead learners and model learning for others.
- Show support for teachers by carving out time during the day for teachers to collaborate.
- Analyze data from a variety of sources to identify overarching achievement goals and drive important efforts within and across content areas.
- Have strong knowledge of research-based, student-centered instructional methods and model the use of these strategies every opportunity you can.
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- Tomorrows leaders of our community meeting – Teacher evaluation: Chris Lindquist
- ASCD article – Evaluations that help teachers learn
- ASCD Education Update Vol 52 no.12 – Teaming up to lead instruction