Making Teacher Evaluation a Launch Pad for Growth
Shaping systems to promote professional learning
It was one of the best lines of the last 2012 presidential debate, even if it wasn't delivered by Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. After much back and forth on education policy and the importance of teachers, moderator Bob Schieffer summed it up: "I think we all love teachers."
Policymakers and leaders from both sides of the aisle may indeed love teachers, but a major policy push in recent years is for more-stringent performance evaluation for them. Is teacher evaluation just the latest round of hype in education reform? Or is there reason to hope for something better?
There is general agreement in the education community that teacher-evaluation reform is needed, and most teachers support it if done right. Teachers welcome the opportunity for feedback, reflection, and professional conversation on their strengths and weaknesses and better strategies...
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