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Danielson, C. (2010-11) Evaluations that Help Teachers Learn. ASCD.

Many evaluation models are outdated and do not serve to help teachers grow as professionals. Danielson provides insights on how to ensure teacher quality and promote professional development through evaluation.  This article presents two challenges to consider: the need for trained evaluators and time to have professional conversations.

 

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The MET Project. (2014) Building Trust in Observations: A Blueprint for Improving Systems to Support Great Teaching.  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This how-to tool will help states and districts evaluate the current status of their evaluation tool and then develop plans for continual improvement of their observation system regardless of where they are in implementation. Action steps are included to improve observation rubrics, observer training, observer assessment, and monitoring.

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The MET Project (N.D.) Feedback for Better Teaching: Nine Principles for Using Measures of Effective Teaching. The Gates Foundation.

This brief highlights a set of guiding principles from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to inform the design and implementation of high-quality teacher support and evaluation systems based on three years of work by the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, its partners, and other leading school systems and organizations.

 

 

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Donaldson, M. L. (2011). Principals’ Approaches to Developing Teacher Quality. Center for American Progress.

The way principals hire teachers, assign them to specific positions, evaluate them, and provide growth opportunities for them can have significant effects on teacher quality. The authors of this report explore the influences on how principals hire, assign, evaluate, and provide professional development to teachers.  In addition the article provides suggestions on how to overcome the constraints encountered during this process.

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Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement (2007). Using the Classroom Walk-Through as an Instructional Leadership Strategy. Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement.

The author of this report explains the duration, focus and feedback necessary to make walk-throughs effective in improving teacher performance.

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Oregon Department of Education and University of Oregon (2010). Conduct Classroom Walkthroughs Regularly and Provide Effective Feedback. University of Oregon.

Classroom walkthroughs are an effective, informal way to provide immediate and actionable feedback for teachers. This guide includes the tools that administrators need to start providing effective feedback during walkthroughs. Key concepts of walkthroughs are discussed and tools for application are included.

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The New Teacher Project (2010). Teacher Evaluation 2.0. The New Teacher Project.

This guide proposes six design standards that any rigorous and fair evaluation system should meet including annual process, clear, rigorous expectations, multiple ratings, multiple measures, and regular feedback.  The article states that these standards provide “states and school districts a blueprint for better evaluations that can help every teacher thrive in the classroom.”