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Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation: How to Work Smart, Build Collaboration, and Close the Achievement Gap

ISBN: 978-0-470-44996-7
288 pages
December 2009, Jossey-Bass
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In this important book, education expert Kim Marshall shows how to break away from the typical and often ineffective evaluation approaches in which principals use infrequent classroom visits or rely on standardized test scores to assess a teacher's performance. Marshall proposes a broader framework for supervision and evaluation that enlists teachers in improving the performance of all students.

Emphasizing trust-building and teamwork, Marshall's innovative, four-part framework shifts the focus from periodically evaluating teaching to continuously analyzing learning. This book offers school principals a guide for implementing Marshall's framework and shows how to make frequent, informal classroom visits followed by candid feedback to each teacher; work with teacher teams to plan thoughtful curriculum units rather than focusing on individual lessons; get teachers as teams involved in low-stakes analysis of interim assessment results to fine-tune their teaching and help struggling students; and use compact rubrics for summative teacher evaluation.

This vital resource also includes extensive tools and advice for managing time as well as ideas for using supervision and evaluation practices to foster teacher professional development.

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Table of Contents



1. The Challenge: Closing the Achievement Gap.

2. Supervision and Evaluation: Why We Need a New Approach.

3. Mini-Observations 1: A System Is Born.

4. Mini-Observations 2: Suggested Best Practices.

5. Curriculum Design: The Foundation of Good Teaching.

6. Interim Assessments: Using Results to Continuously Improve Instruction.

7. Rubrics: Potent, Time-Efficient Evaluation Tools.

8. Time Management: Doing First Things First.

9. Putting It All Together.

Appendix A. Slim Curriculum Expectations Booklet.

Appendix B. Principal Evaluation Rubrics.


The Author.


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Author Information

Kim Marshall, a former teacher, principal, and district official in the Boston Public Schools, is an independent professional development consultant working with schools and districts nationally on leadership practices. Marshall writes for educational journals such as Education Week and Phi Delta Kappan and publishes a weekly online newsletter, The Marshall Memo, summarizing the best ideas and research in education.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Hot Topic: Teacher evaluation is considered one of the most glaring and neglected problems in education. There is great clamor for practical alternatives to the ‘drive by’ evaluation practices now prevalent in schools.
  • Strong Author Platform: With his frequent journal articles, workshops, trainings and conference presentations plus his newsletter, Kim Marshall is nationally recognized and respected for his seasoned insights and practical expertise on school leadership topics. His online newsletter, The Marshall Memo, distills key issues in education and is widely read by school leaders across the country with over 14,000 paid subscribers.
  • Market demand: School principals are in need of guidance on how to supervise and evaluate teachers in ways that are responsible, ethical, and effective, that foster the teacher’s professional growth—and that are not overly burdensome and time-consuming.
  • Practical: Book provides succinct guidance and practical examples, along with concise and well crated evaluation rubrics that will be valued by teachers and principals alike.
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