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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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Explore Your Online Teacher Evaluation Platform For Ease Of Use

November 24, 2015

Is your online teacher evaluation software easy to use? How much training will we need to train our educators and staff? These are two questions that most decision-makers ask us as they are migrating from a paper-based or Google Docs solution to an online evaluation solution. While every sales rep from every vendor will say their software is easy to use, how will you be assured that the solution you pick is indeed intuitive and will require minimal training for your staff?

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Using Dashboards and Reports To Manage Your Teacher Evaluation System

October 20, 2015

As you evaluate online platforms for your school or district, here are insights from users on what they were looking to have available via dashboard(s) or reports as they moved from a paper-based/Google docs system to an online evaluation system.

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Utilize a PLC to Train Teachers on Using TeachPoint

October 13, 2015

Guest post by Dawn-Marie Ayles. A few years ago, our district began working with TeachPoint as a way to implement our new educator evaluation system through the use of technology. Overwhelmed at first with these two new initiatives, panic set in! The chorus began, “One more new thing to learn?” “What do I have to upload?” “What qualifies as an artifact?” As with anything new, there were those who were confident and those who were confused. How was this obstacle going to be overcome?

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Managing Online Teacher Evaluation Compliance

September 16, 2015

Most states have passed legislation that relates to increasing teacher effectiveness and equitable distribution, ensuring the quality of standards and assessments, improving the collection and use of data, and supporting struggling schools. As a result, district leaders need to ensure they are complying with federal and/or state mandates or guidelines.

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