As boards of education and state legislatures refine, adopt or enact educator evaluation requirements, Silver Strong & Associates — developers of The Thoughtful Classroom Teacher Effectiveness Framework — has partnered with education software developer Netchemia to offer a comprehensive solution to performance evaluations for districts and schools across the country.
The partnership allows Netchemia to tailor its TalentEd Perform cloud-based K-12 teacher evaluation software to provide a Web-based evaluation model aligned seamlessly to The Thoughtful Classroom Teacher Effectiveness Framework, streamlining the evaluation process for principals, administrators and teachers.
By merging the Framework with the power of TalentEd Perform, schools and districts can: use tablets, such as iPad, and mobile devices to complete evaluation steps on the spot; manage and automate all teacher, administrator and classified employee evaluations with one system; incorporate student growth data; integrate with current human resource management systems (HRMS) to eliminate redundant tasks; and access easy-to-use reporting tools and analytics on demand.
The Thoughtful Classroom Framework, which was developed by best-selling and award-winning author, educator and presenter Dr. Harvey F. Silver, is a comprehensive system for observing, evaluating and refining classroom practice. It is less complex than many other frameworks, allowing for deep examination and refinement of the three most critical components affecting student achievement: classroom culture and environment, the instructional design and delivery process, and the teacher’s commitment to professional growth.
The Framework features clear instructional indicators, observable student behaviors, and easy-to-use rubrics. It also includes practical tools to guide observations, create a common language, develop meaningful feedback and promote professional growth.
“Evaluating teacher effectiveness does not need to be overly cumbersome or complicated,” said Dr. Silver, who developed the Framework with consultation from more than 250 educators. “We think of it as a ‘simple and deep’ evaluation framework because it is easy to use, understand and implement. The Framework respects the realities of classrooms and schools, with a focus on developing a collaborative culture of learning.”
The Framework, a 2012 District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product, has already been named an approved model in New Jersey and New York, and is part of a state-wide pilot program in Michigan. In addition, it is aligned with the InTASC Standards and Common Core State Standards, as well as many state-specific teaching standards. It is also a perfect fit for independent and charter schools as a ready-to-use “out of the box” evaluation solution.
“This partnership is ideal for districts or schools looking for something robust, but simpler to manage and implement than other frameworks,” said Graham Forman, Netchemia’s Vice President of Business Development. “The power and simplicity of The Thoughtful Classroom Framework reflects Netchemia’s approach to our TalentEd Perform software.”
About Silver Strong & Associates
Silver Strong & Associates (SSA) is a New Jersey-based company with a long track record of creating lasting, positive change in schools. For over 38 years, SSA has helped schools and students succeed by offering the most personalized, hands-on approach to professional development. Silver Strong & Associates’ Thoughtful Classroom program has helped hundreds of schools and districts become dynamic learning communities focused on improving teaching and learning in every classroom. More recently, SSA applied its comprehensive and collaborative brand of professional development to educator evaluation by designing interactive training, video-based classroom observations, and on-site coaching to provide schools with the support they need as they strive to implement teacher and principal evaluation systems. For more information, visit www.thoughtfulclassroom.com.
About Netchemia and TalentEd
Netchemia is a leading provider of cloud-based talent management software specifically developed for K-12 educational organizations. We believe that by providing school districts with intuitive software to recruit, hire, develop and retain the best teachers and school leaders, we can help them dramatically affect student achievement.
Netchemia’s TalentEd K-12 Strategic Talent Management Suite delivers simple, quick and affordable management solutions for applicant tracking and hiring (TalentEd Recruit & Hire) and teacher evaluation (TalentEd Perform) to more than 1,000 educational organizations across the nation. TalentEd allows school leaders to spend time on people, not paperwork, freeing them to focus on what’s important – helping their teachers and staff grow. For more information, visit www.netchemia.com.