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    JSD, December 2014: Teacher evaluation



    Up close: Deep smarts start hereDownloadNow_small

    • Assess your evaluation system
    • Take your system to the next level
    • Engaging teachers
    • What’s inside

    From ‘gotcha’ to growth: How principals promote learning in the context of teacher evaluationDownloadNow_small
    By Janice Bradley

    Take a close look at the actions of principals who structured schools to create supportive conditions for teacher growth aligned to the evaluation system and empowered teachers to make decisions about selecting learning designs.

    Tell me so I can hear: A developmental approach to feedback and collaborationDownloadNow_small
    By Ellie Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano

    A new approach to feedback, called feedback for growth, intentionally differentiates feedback so that adults, who make meaning in qualitatively different ways, can best hear it, learn from it, take it in, and improve their instructional and leadership practice.

    Two sides of the coin: Evaluation and support work together to strengthen teachingDownloadNow_small
    By Jane Kise

    Stakeholders need to recognize that teacher evaluation and support for teacher growth are two distinct value sets that together form an interdependent pair where each set holds a portion of the truth.
    (Available to the public.)

    Turn on the light: Observation tool connects teacher practice with student learningDownloadNow_small
    By Lori Renfro

    In Arizona’s Maricopa County, 12 districts have forged an alliance to implement a performance-based evaluation system using a teacher observation tool that supports teachers as they work to understand and articulate lesson content and select formative assessments for monitoring student progress.

    Inspire learning, not dread: Create a feedback culture that leads to improved practiceDownloadNow_small
    By James L. Roussin and Diane P. Zimmerman

    To foster positive relationships that increase the possibility that feedback will be accepted and acted upon, evaluators need to understand the obstacles to receiving feedback and learn ways to overcome them.

    Partners with a purpose: District and teachers union create an evaluation system that nurtures professional growthDownloadNow_small
    By Kathleen Pham and Amanda Heinemann

    As part of Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ teacher evaluation system, peer reviewers work with teachers to align their practice using coaching, professional learning communities, lesson study, workshops, and observations.
    (Available to the public.)

    Policy meets practice: Districts feel the impact of state regulationsDownloadNow_small
    By Helen M. Hazi and Daisy Arredondo Rucinski

    As states connect results of teacher evaluation to professional learning, they have required more of practitioners in local school districts. Consider strategies district leaders can use to improve professional learning.


    From the editorDownloadNow_small
    By Tracy Crow

    Here’s another opportunity to talk about teaching.
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    Essentials: Keeping up with hot topics in the fieldDownloadNow_small

    • Classroom-focused conversations
    • Tools for practitioners
    • Reaching underserved students
    • Systemwide reform
    • Urban schools
    • Preparing for Common Core
    • Teacher leaders
    • Evaluation reform


    How to create SMART goals using a tree diagram.

    Lessons from researchDownloadNow_small
    By Joellen Killion

    Research offers little guidance on professional learning for inclusive education.
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    From the directorDownloadNow_small
    By Stephanie Hirsh

    Teachers and students benefit when evaluation focuses on learning and growth.
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    Top 10 learning needs for teacher leadersDownloadNow_small
    By Stephen P. Gordon, Jennifer Jacobs, and Rachel Solis

    Teacher leaders reveal their top 10 areas of professional learning needs, including interpersonal skills, knowledge of curriculum and instructional innovations, mentoring, leading reflective inquiry, and addressing diversity.

    Learning to lead: Academy experience sets class of 2014 member on a new pathDownloadNow_small
    By Kathleen O’Flynn

    A member of Learning Forward Academy’s Class of 2014 reflects on her experience.

    When is professional learning the answer? More often than you'd thinkDownloadNow_small
    By Frederick Brown

    Educators face a range of challenges but often don’t see them as professional learning issues. Consider how professional learning might be a solution when the questions are framed in new ways.