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Writing Meaningful Teacher Evaluations-Right Now!!
The Principal's Quick-Start Reference Guide

Third Edition


May 2010 | 136 pages | Corwin

"The authors go beyond the general concept of evaluating to emphasize that supervision must promote lifelong learning skills for our teachers. This book and time-saving CD-ROM truly define the aim of instructional supervision to promote teacher growth and development."
—Chester Kaminski, Elementary School Principal
Public School Number 11, Jersey City, NJ

"Evaluating teachers is one of the most difficult duties in any school district. This book helps me identify the professional standards and expectations needed to effectively improve teachers' accountability and productivity."
—Ellen Ruane, Associate Superintendent
Jersey City Public Schools, NJ

Turn teacher evaluation into a positive process focused on improving teacher and student learning!

In an era of increasing demands for quality performance-based evaluations, this book offers administrators flexible tools for writing fact-filled, meaningful teacher evaluations as part of an ongoing instructional supervision process.

This essential resource empowers administrators to verbalize their goals and vision for their school and communicate expectations, praise, and concerns about performance in a wide range of areas. With a diverse bank of proficiency statements to clearly and comprehensively describe a teacher's performance, this tool helps administrators efficiently and painlessly monitor, assess, and document instructional performance. Featuring a time-saving CD-ROM with easily customizable and printable forms, the third edition of this best-selling guide includes:

  • Updated and new proficiency statements emphasizing teacher reflection, collaboration, and professional development
  • An evaluation organizer to streamline the process
  • "Pats on the Back" that acknowledge teachers' good work
  • Updated sample evaluations

Writing Meaningful Teacher Evaluations—Right Now!! enhances administrators' capacity for developing individualized evaluations that provide an accurate, meaningful record for both administrators and staff.


 
Preface by Claudette J. Searchwell
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
I. Writing the Evaluation: Performance Statements, Suggested "Pats on the Back," and Vocabulary Aids
 
1. Professional Acumen
Performance Statements

 
A. Personal and Professional Attributes

 
B. Professional Ability

 
C. Professional Development

 
D. Reflections on Performance

 
E. Adherence to Mandates

 
F. The Professional Learning Community/Collaboration

 
Vocabulary Aids

 
Suggested “Pats on the Back”

 
 
2. The Positive Learning Environment
Performance Statements

 
A. Rapport With Students

 
B. Nurturing Student Self-Esteem

 
C. Providing Emotional Support/Building Emotional Strength

 
D. Classroom Climate/Culture

 
E. Student Management/Discipline

 
F. Promoting Student Safety and Well-Being (in class/school)

 
G. Promoting Student Safety and Well-Being (off-site)

 
H. Collaborating With Parents to Support Student Achievement and Well-Being

 
Vocabulary Aids

 
Suggested “Pats on the Back”

 
 
3. Preparation and Organization
Performance Statements

 
A. Lesson Planning

 
B. Record Keeping/Reports

 
C. Visuals, Displays, Collections

 
D. Physical Plant, Equipment and Supplies

 
Vocabulary Aids

 
Suggested “Pats on the Back”

 
 
4. Delivery of Instruction
Performance Statements

 
A. Motivating Students to Learn

 
B. Promoting Student Academic Growth

 
C. Clarity of Presentation

 
D. Instructional Practices

 
E. Technology As a Teaching Tool

 
F. Differentiated Instruction

 
G. Multiple Intelligences

 
H. Cooperative Learning/Student Collaboration

 
I. Critical/Higher-Order Thinking

 
J. Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

 
K. Special Education

 
L. Sex/Family Life Education

 
M. Environmental Education

 
Vocabulary Aids

 
Suggested “Pats on the Back”

 
 
5. Measuring Student Growth
Performance Statements

 
A. Empowering Students to Succeed

 
B. Conducting Ongoing Assessments

 
C. Strategies Employed to Evaluate Students

 
D. Utilizing Evaluation Data

 
Vocabulary Aids

 
Suggested “Pats on the Back”

 
 
II. Other Helpful Resources for Writing Performance Evaluations
 
6. Planbook Notations
 
7. The Evaluation Organizer
 
8. Sample Written Evaluations, With Commentary
 
9. Record of Evaluations Form
 
10. A Checklist of Basic Documentation and/or Conditions
 
11. Conference Forms
 
12. Informal Observation Form
 
13. Clinical Observation Data Form
 
14. Using Technology in Teaching/Learning
 
15. Common Areas of Concern, With Suggested Remedies
 
16. Chronology of Evaluation Activities
 
17. Cross-Reference of Key Terms

"The authors go beyond the general concept of evaluating to emphasize that supervision must promote lifelong learning skills for our teachers. This book and time-saving CD-ROM truly define the aim of instructional supervision to promote teacher growth and development."

Chester Kaminski, Elementary School Principal
Public School Number 11, Jersey City, NJ

"This practical guidebook thoroughly covers the process of evaluation and gives me a time-saving process for formal and qualitative evaluations. As an evaluator—it is a must!"

Nino Falcone, Adjunct Professor
New Jersey City University

"Evaluating teachers is one of the most difficult duties in any school district. The authors cover teacher evaluations by incorporating it into an in-depth, wide-ranging technological approach. Evaluation systems must include real opportunities for teachers to improve their performance, but must weed out those who ultimately can’t meet the required standards. This book helps me identify the professional standards and expectations needed to effectively improve teachers’ accountability and productivity."

Ellen Ruane, Associate Superintendent
Jersey City Public Schools, NJ

"The book’s user-friendly content aids in improving the new or underperforming teacher’s instructional skills by offering a myriad of editable statements and concepts that identify professional strengths and weaknesses. I highly recommend this guide to all administrative and supervisory personnel."

Jeanette Braswell, Principal
Lincoln High School, Jersey City, NJ

"This book is a great resource for teacher evaluations, helping the busy evaluator chronicle the influences made by teachers on the academic, social, and emotional growth of the students placed in their rooms."

Bob Buck, Assistant Principal
OEASA Principal Navigator magazine, Winter 2011
Key features
  • Sample evaluations
  • A bank of performance proficiency statements
  • A CD-ROM that provides evaluation templates that can be easily populated and revised
  • Suggestions for Pats on the Back that acknowledge teachers' good work
  • Ready-to-copy forms such as Record of Evaluations, Checklist of Basic Documentation and/or Conditions, Pre- or Post-Conference Form, and an Informal Observation Form

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Section One: Professional Acumen


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