Everyone at the Table. Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reform

  • ID: 2330754
  • Book
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Too often, teachers′ voices are left out when new teacher evaluation systems are designed and implemented. Everyone at the Table provides clear strategies and practical materials to genuinely engage teachers and stimulate a process that gets to the heart of their perspectives on teacher evaluation. While there is no magic formula for designing an effective teacher evaluation system, there is evidence that suggests involving teachers at each stage in the process increases the likelihood for success.

Everyone at the Table includes information on how to

  • Cultivate teacher leadership
  • Measure teacher effectiveness
  • Engage teachers in critical issues
  • Develop strategies for authentic engagement in evaluation reform
  • Bring principals, parents, and community members into the process

A companion Web–based resource, with video, enhances the collaborative approach outlined in the book and is available at [external URL]

Praise for Everyone at the Table

"This book makes the compelling case that teachers know teaching best and must have a say in decisions about their work. If you want better schools, pay attention to this book." — Susan Moore Johnson, Jerome T. Murphy Professor of Education; director, Project on the Next Generation of Teachers, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"Mobilizing educators to come together in an effort to redesign schooling, rethink the profession, and professionalize their craft can play a vital role in educational improvement. Everyone at the Table offers useful guidance for engaging teachers in conversations about teacher evaluation." —Frederick M. Hess, PhD, director, Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

"In all of the current cacophony about teacher evaluation reform, the most important voices have often been lost. Accomplished teachers who know teaching and are committed to developing a strong profession know what is needed to improve practice. This book describes how to ensure these voices are at the table in a meaningful way." —Linda Darling–Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Teaching and Teacher Education, Stanford University

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Preface ix

Acknowledgments xvii

About the Authors xix

PART ONE 1

UNDERSTANDING THE TEACHER EVALUATION CONVERSATION AND WHY IT MATTERS

1 Why Now? The Importance of Cultivating Teacher Leadership and Teacher Voice in the Age of Accountability 3

2 The Teacher Effectiveness Question: How Can Effectiveness Be Measured? 19

PART TWO 55

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT EFFECTIVELY ENGAGING TEACHERS

3 The Who, When, and How of Evaluation: Engaging Teachers on Issues That Matter 57

4 The Elements of Authentic Engagement 81

PART THREE 105

THE ENGAGEMENT PROCESS

5 Planning: Steps for Engaging Teachers 107

6 Strategies for Ensuring Authentic Engagement in Evaluation Reform 131

7 Optional Activities for Teacher Engagement in Evaluation Reform 179

8 Other Stakeholders: Engaging Principals, Parents, and Community Members 192

9 Conclusion: Teacher Voice in Evaluation and Beyond 217

References 225

Index 233

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Ellen Behrstock–Sherratt is a senior policy analyst on educator quality at the American Institutes for Research. Allison Rizzolo is the communications director at Public Agenda. Sabrina Laine is vice president of the Education division and leads the educator quality work at the American Institutes for Research. Will Friedman is the president of Public Agenda.

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