Aaron Feuer of Panorama Education, speaking with a group of curriculum directors at CES last week, provided a range of options and recommendations for districts beginning to survey staff and students.
- Opt-in model: teachers who want to participate may, they can control who they share the data with. The district administers surveys for use at school and district-wide level, while the classroom-level data are emailed to each teacher, but they don’t have to open it. (Some teachers opt into surveys when they find it to be more positive than observation data.) District leaders can choose to use these data for PD—here’s how our students see us; how do we move forward?
- Start with staff feedback only this year. Benefits: Principals model the feedback process, make it less threatening, prepare the ground, eases tensions, and set the stage for student surveys.
- Most important: trust between teacher and evaluator in looking at student feedback
Do you have another solution for launching student and staff feedback? Will any of the options described above work for your district?
Beginning this school year, evidence used in the evaluation process must include student feedback (for teachers) and staff feedback (for administrators). For more details, please read Part VIII of the Model System or this Quick Reference Guide.
One important decision for districts is whether to use student surveys across the district, educator-selected instruments, or some combination of the two approaches.
Districts also have choices about how to use the survey results. Districts may choose to only allow teachers, and not district administrators, to view survey results. Teachers would then be expected to incorporate evidence gleaned from the surveys into their self-assessment and goal-setting.
The Collaborative can help with the student and staff feedback in several ways. First, we offer a workshop on the topic November 19. We are bringing outside expertise to the Pioneer Valley. Aaron Feuer, CEO of Panorama Education, the state’s chosen vendor for survey data aggregation, will speak to our Curriculum Director PLC September 19 and at the Technology in Education Conference on January 15. In addition, we will provide tech support to districts interested in independently aggregating survey data.
It’s a year or two into the state’s new evaluation system, and districts are identifying practices and tools that smooth the process.
One such tool is the Educator Evaluation Tour Guide, developed by curriculum directors and the Collaborative for Educational Services here in the Pioneer Valley. Sales of the Tour Guide, which presents the standards and indicators in a colorful flipbook format, have topped 2,300 copies.
For each of 33 elements, the Tour Guide includes the language of proficiency, what proficient practice might look like, and suggestions for artifacts.
Because we’re committed to improving instructional practice and the supporting work of our member districts, we’re offering trainings designed to enhance the quality of the implementation of the educator evaluation system as a whole and student growth measures (DDMs) in specific.
Click here to read more about educator evaluation trainings like our seminar for the calibration of administrators. Click here for the principal observation training.
Click here for information about DDM trainings addressing key aspects like revising tasks and rubrics for better alignment with standards and instruction.
Here is a good opportunity for district leaders to step back and reflect on the effectiveness of the new educator evaluation system. Register here.
Implementation of Educator Evaluation Systems: Examining Problems of Practice
Co-hosted by the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance at REL Northeast & Islands and the National Center for Teacher Effectiveness at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, this daylong event will examine the successes and challenges related to the implementation of teacher evaluation systems. NCTE Principal Investigator Dr. Tom Kane will present research on factors related to educator evaluation systems, including capacity, measurement, impacts on practice, and school climate and culture. Through structured Q&A and breakout sessions, the event is designed to build meaningful connections between educators and researchers around the use of research to inform decision-making about teacher evaluation systems.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET