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The Right Tool For The Job: Professional and Performance Evaluation Tool Benefits

September 27, 2019

In the case of busy school districts, managing educator and staff evaluations and professional development can be complicated, but with the right professional and performance evaluation tools, educators could actually feel empowered by the process. When empowered with the right […]

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Leveraging Educator Evaluation to Maximize the Teaching and Learning Cycle Through Feedback and PD

August 27, 2019

Earlier this year we had the pleasure of hosting a Vector Solutions Power Play Education Series event in Tampa, Florida. During the event, Michelle Heim Balch, Senior Administrator of Performance and Evaluation from Springfield Public Schools in Massachusetts presented strategies […]

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Making the Shift to Online PD Tracking is Saving Educators Time

May 9, 2019

Stacks of paper, spreadsheets, Google docs. Are you still using these to manage professional development events and track PD hours for teachers? If so, an online solution might save you, and your teachers, countless hours and loads of paperwork! Here’s how: Improve […]

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Tackling Principals’ Time Management Challenges of Teacher Evaluation

January 29, 2019

Today’s teacher evaluation systems have increased principals’ focus on instruction and improving teaching effectiveness and student growth. While many principals agree that this has had a positive impact on their schools, the more time-intensive evaluations are creating considerable challenges for […]

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Teacher Coaching as an Effective Professional Development Strategy

November 26, 2018

The majority of professional development provided to educators across the U.S. continues to take the traditional “sit and get” format with little personalized attention for individual teachers. There have been numerous studies that have shown that this type of PD […]

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Increasing Use of Technology-Based Feedback Resources to Improve Educational Practices

August 28, 2018

A recent 2018 report published by Learning Forward, Beyond barriers: Encouraging teacher use of feedback resources. A report from The Teacher Feedback Resources Project, explores what drives teachers to embrace or challenge the use of technology-based products and services that […]

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How Do Teachers Feel about Teacher Evaluation Systems?

July 25, 2018

A new research report published by the RAND Corporation, A Nationwide Look at Teacher Perceptions of Feedback and Evaluation Systems, highlights results of a national survey that explored teachers’ perceptions about the teacher evaluation systems in their schools and the […]

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Shifting to Competency-Based Professional Development

May 31, 2018

Shifting to Job-Embedded Competency-Based Professional Development In April, we had the pleasure of hosting a special Education Series event in Tampa, Florida. During the event, Aaron Jongko, PK-12 instructional lead teacher from Greater Atlanta Christian School, presented on how his […]

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Using an Online Classroom Observation Tool to Collect Evidence

November 2, 2016

How are you recording and collecting qualitative and/or quantitative evidence during your formal and informal classroom observations/walkthroughs? How are you sharing this feedback with your teachers and encouraging reflection to foster professional growth? Recently there has been an increased focus on formative evaluations to improve educator effectiveness.

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When is the Right Time to Implement an Online Teacher Evaluation Tool?

July 6, 2016

With many initiatives already in place at schools and districts for the 2016-17 school year, when is the right time to implement an online teacher evaluation tool? Are there best practice options that I could explore to move away from Word/Google Docs and transition to a more streamlined online evaluation system through a phased approach? Are there benefits to gain in doing so?

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