In the new era of teacher evaluation reform, policymakers at all levels have instituted unprecedented changes in teacher evaluation with the goal of improving student outcomes. Though research has shown that many teachers do embrace adopting meaningful evaluation systems, their voices have remained largely unheard at the evaluation reform discussion table.
Enter Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reform, a new
online resource developed by the American Institutes for Research and Public Agenda. The site compiles materials to “genuinely engage teachers and stimulate candid and respectful dialogue” through providing resources and materials for starting the conversation at the local level. The materials promote dialogue, options and choices, and focusing on “principles, not specifics.”
The project provides videos, PowerPoint presentations, tools, and templates that can be adapted to specific situations and contexts. It is hoped that by utilizing these resources, education leaders will be able to:
1. Gain insight about teachers’ priorities and concerns when it comes to evaluation.
2. Brainstorm innovative ideas for assessing teacher effectiveness.
3. Promote structured, constructive dialogue regarding new approaches to evaluation.
4. Secure critical buy-in from teachers to ensure a smooth implementation of the reforms.
For more information on this resource, please visit http://www.everyoneatthetable.org/index.php
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