EDUO 9744: Teacher Evaluation – Doing What Matters in Teacher Growth

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Welcome to EDUO 9744 Teacher Evaluation: Doing What Matters in Teacher Growth. This class was created as part of a three course series entitled Teacher Evaluation. The other  ourses in the series are:

  • EDUO 9742 Teacher Evaluation: Doing What Matters in Teacher Observations
  • EDUO 9743 Teacher Evaluation: Doing What Matters in Teacher Growth

This series examines teacher evaluation for the purpose of improving both pedagogical skill and student achievement. The series is designed for aspiring and practicing administrators, department coordinators, teacher leaders, peer observers/evaluators or any educator responsible for teacher growth and evaluation.

School Districts across the nation are planning reform efforts in response to federal grants and changing policies which address systems and structures supporting student learning and teacher effectiveness. The content learned in this series will teach you to “identify and do what matters” in teacher observations and feedback conferences focused on the dual purposes of growth and evaluation. The series and all courses will take into account the recent writings of the following respected authors who have published their works based on research and best practice: Teacher Evaluation That Makes a Difference, Robert J. Marzano and Michael D. Toth; Getting Teacher Evaluation Right, Linda Darling-Hammond; and Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation, Kim Marshall. Please note that reading assignments will require three textbooks. You will need to purchase these texts (available on Amazon) or check their availability from your school district or public libraries.

Although Teacher Evaluation: Doing What Matters in Teacher Observations (Course 9742 and Doing What Matters in Teacher Feedback (Course 9743) are not prerequisites to this course, they do provide a natural sequence and foundation for this course.

Course Objectives

After completing the course Teacher Evaluation: Doing What Matters in Teacher Growth, you will demonstrate or indicate what matters most in the five course objectives below:

  • Incorporate teacher growth in pedagogical skills in the evaluation
  • Utilize teacher participation in assessing strengths and areas for improvement
  • Describe the skills and activities of the teaching process to include domains other than classroom observations
  • Identify issues and appropriate use of student learning measures in teacher evaluation
  • Assess the alignment of your school/district’s teacher evaluation processes with opportunities that are designed to support teacher effectiveness and corresponding student learning.

Course Assignments:

Course assignments will consist of readings, self-reflection, and interviews. An example of assignments for this class is:

District Administrator Interview

Interview a district-level administrator using the following questions. You may add other questions at your discretion for the purpose of bringing increased relevance to priorities in your building and district.

  • Do district evaluation policies identify pedagogical skills which are key to effective instruction? How do these policies ensure growth in mastering these skills?
  • How is teacher collaboration and participation included in evaluation which addresses both strengths and areas for improvement?
  • In addition to classroom observations, what other teacher skills and activities should be included in evaluation?
  • How should student learning and achievement measures be used in teacher evaluation?
  • How does the district evaluation processes and policy align opportunities to support teacher growth and effectiveness? How do these opportunities focus on improving student learning?

A list of all required assignments will be provided when you have registered for this class and downloaded the full syllabus.

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Marlene Gruber

B.A., M.A. Psychology/Counseling, M.A. School Administration and School Leadership

Mathematics Instructor, High School Counselor, Middle and High School Assistant Principal and Principal, Central Office Director of Diversity, AVID Western Division Director and National Post-Secondary Director.

Harvard Leadership Certificate, School Principal of the Year, Association President and Lead Negotiation Facilitator.

Provide job-embedded growth opportunities that make a relevant impact on personal and professional growth and resulting practices.

Public Speaking for various foundations with focus on organ transplants, photography, world travel.