Making Teacher Evaluation Work for Everyone

July 27, 2011
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

Nearly 50 state education leaders will be meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel, to learn more about teacher evaluation systems. Sponsored by SEDL’s Southeast and Texas Comprehensive Centers, the conference will take place on July 27 and 28 and will include participants from Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas.

The conference, “Designing and Implementing Teacher Evaluation Systems,” is being held in response to an increased focus on teacher evaluation and how best to measure a teacher’s effectiveness. “Until recently teacher evaluations were often a checklist: excellent, satisfactory, or unsatisfactory” explains SEDL program director Robin Jarvis. “Now, districts have access to much richer data. They might use a combination of observations and performance data, depending on what’s best for the educators and students in that district.”

Each state team will have an opportunity to participate in “Conversations With Experts”—meetings with national teacher effectiveness educators and researchers Charlotte Danielson, Laura Goe, and Lynn Holdheide—to learn about best practices and current work in the area of teacher evaluation systems. “We want educators to have the information and resources to either revise their existing teacher evaluation systems or develop new ones,” says Jarvis. She notes that the next step is to align professional development with teacher evaluations. “When districts use teacher evaluations to identify teachers’ strengths and weaknesses and then help them improve, both the teacher and students benefit.”

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