Teacher Evaluation to Enhance Professional Practice

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Appendix A
Addison, Illinois, Public Schools

A Summary of Addison's Professional Appraisal System
Addison School District #4222 N. Kennedy Dr.Addison, IL 60101(630) 458-2500Dr. Larry Weck, SuperintendentThe Addison system is an excellent example of a three-track system. The system is driven by a philosophy developed by the joint teacheradministrator evaluation committee.
Statement of Philosophy
Addison School District 4 is committed to providing the best educational program for its students. To this end, it supports a professional appraisal system that focuses on excellence. The system is based on teachers and administrators working together in the process of continual improvement of teaching and learning.We believe
All staff members recognize the benefits of professional development to achieve the goals of the school and district.
All staff members are committed to continual improvement of professional performance.
Appraisal of performance is based on a cooperative spirit, open communication, and joint responsibility.
Appraisal of performance is positive in nature and intent. It recognizes strengths and provides a means for support and improvement.
Appraisal of performance is designed to promote excellence in teaching and learning.

The committee identified Danielson's (1996) framework for teaching as the best representation of what the district believed to be the core standards for performance. Once the framework was identified and plans for providing staff development that focused on the Danielson domains, elements, and expectations to the staff were developed, the committee began the work of designing each of the three tracks.

The initial description of the components of each track was developed by subcommittees. The drafts were then presented to the whole group for discussion and revision. The process of selecting the committee, developing the guiding philosophy, identifying the core standards, designing the components of each track, and getting the new system introduced to the faculty, was a year-long process.

The major elements of each track were as follows.

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