Defensible Teacher Evaluation: Student Growth Through Classroom Assessment
It was a lunch hour more than 10 years ago when Terri Lozier, now a principal in another district just outside Chicago, was sucked into the violence of a school fight.
If you’re an educator, at any level or grade, sitting back and expecting education change to happen, without you getting involved, you need to stand up now.
All across the country, discussions around improving educator effectiveness and evaluation have become synonymous.
What happened? This is what we at the Red Hook Central School District had to ask when we looked at our student achievement data.
Districts looking for transformational leaders to turn around schools may find more success by rigorously training their own teachers and assistant principals for leadership
An instructor in a classroom addresses the students. “We’re going to discuss how to ask questions in a way that doesn’t sound threatening, but instead builds trust.
As secondary school principals guide their schools and teachers through a myriad of changes, it’s becoming necessary for these leaders to reinvent themselves.
To develop the skills necessary to be effective in the evolving environment of today’s schools, principals have several places to turn. Here are some ideas:
Greenbrier Public Schools in Arkansas has always had a strong focus on using classroom observation to encourage positive growth within our schools.
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Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp once said, “If top recent college graduates devoted two years to teaching in public schools, they could have a real impact on the lives of disadvantaged kids.” I agree.
Teachers are the single most important factor in student learning. Yet, our field as a whole spends little time ensuring that only the best teachers enter our classrooms—and even less time ensuring that the best teachers feel supported.
The question of whether prior experience as an educator should be a required qualification for superintendents has been asked for a number of years.