Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Teacher Evaluations and Why You Need a Voice

What makes a high quality teacher? Organization, relationships, content knowledge, pedagogy, or test scores.

Who decides? School of Education, State, District, or Principal. Teachers  and advocacy groups should also be involved in the decision-making process.

Teachers need to create a welcoming environment where students are engaged in the curriculum. Everyone seems to have their own observation stories. What have your experiences been like as teachers and administrators?

Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness was formed in June 2011 and spent 6 million dollars to setup a pilot evaluation plan. The council disbanded in 2013 unfinished and with no legislative action.

SB 103 allows local control with no state model for evaluations. Simple rules include two observations with teacher feedback within 30 days where one of which is not scheduled. The evaluation plan must be published to the district website. Thats It!

GOOD Evaluations = Teacher Growth. Our students deserve a GOOD Evaluation System. Teachers and administrators need to share WHY SB 103 needs improvements. Teachers need to help other teachers improve their practice.

Bad Evaluations = Good Teachers Leave. Without our voices some of our best teachers will head to greener pastures. Good teachers want effective, constructive feedback and positive relationships with their administrators.

How to raise your voice? Use social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), blog, encourage others to share their voice, talk to legislators about concerns, and write for news outlets. Join the conversation at #MIEval.

Our Schools, Our Voice Coalition in Los Angeles wants test scores to be part of teacher evaluations. See the graph below: