Supervision for Learning: A Performance-Based Approach to Teacher Development and School Improvement

Synopsis

Traditional methods of supervision and evaluation focus on teachers inputs: their lesson plans, instruction, and classroom management practices. But what matters most is the outcome they achieve: learning. This book introduces Performance-Based Supervision and Evaluation (PBSE), a data-driven and teacher-directed approach proven to build educators analytical and instructional capacity to address the learning needs of their students. It s a move away from disconnected annual goals and outside-in improvement initiatives, and toward the full integration of teacher evaluation, strategic professional development, and school improvement planning. Supervision for Learning is an important resource for school leaders looking to
• Honor the judgment of teachers while targeting student performance in areas of essential knowledge and skills articulated in standards;
• Empower all teachers to use performance data as the basis for instructional decisions and monitor the effectiveness of these decisions through action research;
• Develop meaningful collaborative relationships with and among teachers; and
• Acquire authentic evidence of teacher and student growth. Authors James M. Aseltine, Judith O. Faryniarz, and Anthony J. Rigazio-DiGilio explain the best-practice foundations of their approach and provide guidelines for its implementation. Sample artifacts and illustrative vignettes bring the PBSE process to life, clarifying the supervisor s role, the teachers responsibilities, and the students gains. You ll also find a planning and monitoring tool that maps milestones within the development and evaluation cycle, along with strategies for reconciling this approach with district reporting requirements and budget realities.