Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reform
May 2013, Jossey-Bass
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.
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
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.