Magazine article Technology & Learning

Revamping PD and Teacher Evaluation in Michigan

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Revamping PD and Teacher Evaluation in Michigan

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Challenge: Swartz Creek (Ml) Community Schools (SdCS) understood the potential to improve teaching'and ultimately student outcomes'through effective teacher evaluations that informed professional learning. To ensure such improvement-focused evaluations, district officials knew they needed a process that demonstrated administrators' profi-ciency in conducting teaching observations. Equally important, they needed an individualized process to connect evaluation results with ongoing professional learning for teachers.

Solution: To address this challenge, the district adopted the Teachscape Focus Observation Training and Assessment system and the Teachscape Reflect Observation and Evaluation Management system. With Teachscape Focus, administrators are trained to conduct accurate and consistent teaching observations based on Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching (FFT). Teachers are taught the framework based on which subjects are being evaluated. "Teachscape has helped us establish a common language around teaching practice using the FFT," says Adam Hartley, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at SCCS. "This common language, when used as an embedded part of the evaluation and professional learning processes, has been essential in creating a cycle of continuous improvement. …

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