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Sep 17, 2013

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By: Dr. Paula A. Calabrese

Here’s a TIP for Busy, Overscheduled Practitioners to Make the Educator Effectiveness System Work for Everyone

With the onset of the recent changes in the teacher evaluation process, principals and teachers are considering ways that they can collaborate to ensure that the process works efficiently and effectively. One of the challenges is the documentation of proficiency and accumulation of evidence that is expected of both teachers and principals.

Dr. Ginny Hunt, Acting Superintendent of Clairton City School District, found a practical solution for this when she was a principal in Texas. Because it worked so well, Dr. Hunt continues to implement this practice in her current position.

One solution for evidence gathering, according to Dr. Hunt, is to assist teachers in doing so by using an instructive process that helps them recognize and label the evidence collected in relation to the 4 Domains of professional practice in the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching.

Interestingly enough, Dr. Hunt’s solution also resulted in motivating more teachers to engage in the school community by participating in the Professional Learning Community, serving on a school committee, writing curriculum maps, mentoring other teachers and assisting in summer and afterschool programs. Although a simple idea, it’s a powerful way to engage teachers and collect evidence of their proficiency.

So what does Dr. Hunt recommend? “When teachers serve on a committee, initiate professional development sessions, participate in our Professional Learning Community or go that extra mile, I write them a brief note on the district letterhead acknowledging their service and labeling it with the Danielson Framework terminology. I’ve found it to be an effective way to help teachers recognize evidence, collect it and label it appropriately. The unintended positive consequence is that more teachers step up to participate on district and school committees and thrive on the unexpected affirmation of their service.”

Here’s an example of what Dr. Hunt writes to teachers on the school district letterhead:

September 16, 2013

Dear Ms. Smith,

Thank you for preparing, designing and delivering the Classroom Management Module training session for your colleagues on the August 20, 2013 Professional Development Day. We all appreciate your time, energy, professionalism and expertise. Educators like you enhance our district and help to guide students toward increased achievement.

This work that you successfully completed may be considered evidence on theClassroom Teacher Rating Tool under:

Domain 4 Professional Responsibilities

4e Growing and Developing Professionally

Thanks again for contributing your time, energy and expertise to the success of the students and teachers in Clairton City School District.

Thank you!

Dr. Ginny Hunt

Acting Superintendent

You might take a page from Dr. Hunt’s playbook and try this with your staff. Keep it simple by consistently using the same format on your district letterhead. District administration, school principals and/or supervisors can readily implement this TIPdepending on whether the teacher’s work is district or school related. If you implement this TIP, we’d like to hear from you. Post a comment on the OHS Blog and share your success. Better yet, what TIP do you want to share?

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