New Grades for Teachers in Dist. 158 Evaluation Process Changing

By Seigle, Max | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 30, 2004 | Go to article overview

New Grades for Teachers in Dist. 158 Evaluation Process Changing


Seigle, Max, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Max Seigle Daily Herald Staff Writer

Calling the former method "fairly ineffective" and antiquated, a committee of teachers and staff in Huntley Unit District 158 unveiled a new plan Thursday night to evaluate the district's teachers.

"It's a much more modern tool for what we need in this district," said Jennifer Eadler, president of the Huntley Education Association, the district's teacher's union.

The new plan was presented at a school board committee meeting.

Brad Hawk, assistant superintendent for human resources, told board members revisions to the current evaluation program were solicited by teachers during the last contract negotiations. A committee of teachers and staff was subsequently formed to work on them, he said.

Under the old method created in the early 1990s, the district used the same approach to evaluate teachers no matter what level of experience they had. It entailed classroom observation with conferences before and after with the evaluator.

Now, the district is looking at different strategies to match up better with teachers' experience.

The plan calls for providing rookie teachers more structured competency assessments on things like lesson preparation and classroom environment. …

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