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Looking to develop a successful teacher evaluation process that results in teacher’s further developing and refining their craft and student’s engagement in learning increased?

This process can be developed by following these three steps:


First step in creating the process is make sure that you have teachers involved in the development process. Their insight and input are invaluable to the success of the process. With their involvement they will feel a part of the process and will result in greater buy in to the process and the systems involved. They will feel more comfortable in the process and the reason behind the process.


A second step in the process is to not make it overly difficult or time consuming. You will need to follow any mandates set by the state, but from there you are able to customize the process to meet your district. The more items to the process, the more time it will take to complete the process. The more you ask your teachers and principals to do, the more they will look at it as busy work instead of focusing on what is important to develop their trade.


The third and final step is to make sure that feedback is happening constantly. It is easy to develop a process of filling out forms and adding results and never look at them again, but if feedback does not occur on what the results mean and why they are important and how it will drive improvement, your teacher evaluation process will be a failure. Discussion should occur at a minimum when creating goals, after any observations and at the end of the year when the final evaluation takes place. These areas can lead to direct improvement for the teacher.

Creating a successful teacher evaluation process should not be overthought or made overly complicated. Get your teachers involved in the development of the process to help with their buy in. Make the process as simple and easy as possible while still following any laws and not destroying the integrity of the process.

Finally – make sure that feedback is developed and encouraged throughout the process. By following these three steps, you are well on your way to developing a successful teacher evaluation process.

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