Transform the Teacher Evaluation Process with SFS
All teacher have had this experience. It’s your first class of the day after a rough morning, trying to collect your thoughts. Your alarm didn’t ring so you skipped breakfast and rushed to get ready. It felt like you hit every red light on the way to school, but you managed to slip into your classroom with seven minutes to spare—only to realize you left the activity you planned for the day on the kitchen counter, along with your lunch. Time for Plan B!
And that’s when it happens. The Vice Principal walks in with a giant clipboard. It’s teacher evaluation day. You’re not even sure what the point of teacher evaluations is, anyway. In a week or two, you’ll get a slip of paper in your school mailbox with a few notes on it. Maybe you’ll vaguely remember what this feedback is referring to, or maybe not. If you’re lucky, you might get to talk to someone in person about your performance as a teacher. You’ll keep doing your thing, the administration will keep doing its thing, and in six months you’ll start the process all over again.
The Administrator’s Perspective
The dread of teacher evaluations for educators is only one half of the story, however. Administrators don’t love these evaluations either. Teacher evaluations take so much time for questionable results. Of course, some kind of data collection and feedback is better than nothing, but surely there’s a better way. At best, teacher evaluations feel disjointed and disconnected from any real plan of action. Small snapshots in time rather than a complete narrative. At worst, they feel like a gotcha moment that drives a wedge between you and your teachers.
There’s a Better Way to do Teacher Evaluations. A Much Better Way.
What if you could transform your teacher evaluations into a catalyst for professional development and open administrator-teacher communication instead? What if you could connect the evaluation process to value added measures and track effectiveness and growth from year-to-year?
Evaluation, our flagship software program, enables districts and administrators to do all this and more while eliminating much of the stress and frustration of the evaluation process for teachers.
3 Ways Our Evaluation Software Improves Feedback and Connection for Educators
Software for Success was created by educators for educators in order to solve some of the nagging issues in education.
Our Evaluation software is designed to turn a clunky, ineffective evaluation process into a valuable, streamlined program that forms the foundation of your school’s professional development plan by:
- Providing Real-Time Feedback – If teachers have to wait a week or even a few days between when they’re observed and when they receive their observation notes, the feedback becomes much less specific and effective. Our cloud-based, digital platform enables administrators to make specific notes during or immediately after an observation and upload their feedback instantaneously.
- Streamlining Collaboration – No more writing notes out long-form, placing copies in everyone’s mailbox, and then hoping everyone reads the feedback and implements a plan of action to address any shortcomings. Once the lead administrator uploads the feedback to our Evaluation platform, everyone on the teacher’s professional development team can read, comment, and collaborate in a single communication portal.
- Tracking Progress Over Time – When you can clearly see and understand where your teachers are struggling, it’s easier to address their needs and provide meaningful, targeted professional development opportunities. With traditional evaluations, it’s difficult to know what all the information means. Was the teacher having an off day? Or is this a consistent pattern over time?
The SFS Evaluation platform provides visualization and collaboration tools that help everyone compare observations and track progress. Our tools turn scattered information into usable data.