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Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reform

ISBN: 978-1-118-52634-7
272 pages
June 2013, Jossey-Bass
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A proven method for working with teachers to design better evaluations

There is no magic formula for successfully designing a teacher evaluation system. However there is abundant evidence that suggests involving teachers in the process will reduce the likelihood of opposition, gridlock, and reform failure. Everyone at the Table provides materials to genuinely engage teachers in the evaluation process. The book is a research-based and field-tested practical guide for school leaders. With this resource, educators will have the tools they need to develop meaningful teacher evaluations.

  • Offers a collaborative approach to designing teacher evaluations
  • Includes a companion web-based resource, with video

This research-based program outlines a solid plan for improving teacher effectiveness through evaluation reform.

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Preface ix

Acknowledgments xvii

About the Authors xix

PART ONE 1

UNDERSTANDING THE TEACHER EVALUATION CONVERSATION AND WHY IT MATTERS

1 Why Now? The Importance of Cultivating Teacher Leadership and Teacher Voice in the Age of Accountability 3

2 The Teacher Effectiveness Question: How Can Effectiveness Be Measured? 19

PART TWO 55

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT EFFECTIVELY ENGAGING TEACHERS

3 The Who, When, and How of Evaluation: Engaging Teachers on Issues That Matter 57

4 The Elements of Authentic Engagement 81

PART THREE 105

THE ENGAGEMENT PROCESS

5 Planning: Steps for Engaging Teachers 107

6 Strategies for Ensuring Authentic Engagement in Evaluation Reform 131

7 Optional Activities for Teacher Engagement in Evaluation Reform 179

8 Other Stakeholders: Engaging Principals, Parents, and Community Members 192

9 Conclusion: Teacher Voice in Evaluation and Beyond 217

References 225

Index 233

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Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt is a senior policy analyst on educator quality at the American Institutes for Research. Allison Rizzolo is the communications director at Public Agenda. Sabrina Laine is vice president of the Education division and leads the educator quality work at the American Institutes for Research. Will Friedman is the president of Public Agenda.

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September 26, 2013
Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reform

EVERYONE AT THE TABLE

Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reform

By Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt , Allison Rizzolo , Sabrina W. Laine , Will Friedman

San Francisco, CA – Too often, teachers' voices are left out when new teacher evaluation systems are designed and implemented, and this is often the reason why many education reforms sputter or run into controversy.  If states and districts want effective and sustainable teacher evaluation systems, teachers must be brought to the table for policy conversations.

EVERYONE AT THE TABLE (Jossey-Bass; 978-1-118-52634-7; June 2013)provides a research-based methodology, clear strategies and practical materials for engaging teachers in productive, solutions-oriented dialogue about teacher evaluation.  The book provides a means for overcoming that frustration and harmful rhetoric to make real progress on evaluation reform and presents a path forward that will help reinvigorate the teaching profession by starting with the teacher.

Additionally, EVERYONE AT THE TABLE includes information on how to:

  • Cultivate teacher leadership
  • Measure teacher effectiveness
  • Develop strategies for authentic engagement in evaluation reform
  • Engage teachers in other critical education policy solutions

A companion Web-based resource, with video resources for teachers and school and district leaders, enhances the collaborative approach outlined in the book and is available at www.everyoneatthetable.org.

Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Teaching and Teacher Education, Stanford University, said "In all of the current cacophony about teacher evaluation reform, the most important voices have often been lost. Accomplished teachers who know teaching and are committed to developing a strong profession know what is needed to improve practice. This book describes how to ensure these voices are at the table in a meaningful way."

Teachers and education leaders alike are growing frustrated at the lack of satisfactory progress on teacher evaluation reform.   EVERYONE AT THE TABLE is the must-have first step in having teacher’s voices heard in the ongoing conversation on education reform.

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