everyone at the table Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers in Evaluaton Reform
"I get disheartened when I have coworkers, who are working at the same school that I love, who feel that they aren't heard."

–Teacher From New Orleans

Getting Started: A Different Approach

Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reform intends to reach out
to teachers around the country by facilitating locally based dialogue on teacher evaluation.

Teacher and students performing science experiment.

Too often, teachers' voices are left out when new teacher evaluation systems are designed and implemented because it can be difficult to authentically incorporate them. The materials on this website provide a way to genuinely include teachers in the conversation.

Principals, superintendents, other administrators,
and teachers can use the Everyone at the Table materials. These materials are flexible, practical, and effective, and they are meant to be adapted to fit specific contexts.

The Everyone at the Table materials promote:

Dialogue expand

The materials are intended to facilitate the open exchange of ideas, listening and learning, and safe opportunities for reflection on one’s beliefs. They give teachers the opportunity to talk through their views and ideas among themselves and with district leaders. These conversations are not about persuading, advocating, or making a rushed decision.

Options and Choices expand

The materials highlight some of the competing options and difficult choices that must be made when reforming teacher evaluation. They represent issues that our research found to be important to teachers. There are always tradeoffs. There are no right or wrong answers.

Principles, Not Specifics expand

The approaches advocated through Everyone at the Table work best when implemented early in the process. The materials are intended to help leaders learn about teachers’ ideas and concerns before drafting a specific plan so that those ideas can inform the development of plans. The discussion is not meant to determine each specific final detail of an evaluation system.

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