everyone at the table Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers in Evaluaton Reform
"This was one of the most meaningful conversations we’ve had for a long time. Everyone who came to the table really enjoyed having that discussion."

–Detroit Middle School English/Language Arts Teacher

Getting Started: Using These Materials

Evaluation reform leaders are well aware that sparking conversation on teacher evaluation in the staff room is not enough, nor is raising the point at an all-staff inservice or professional development meeting.

So how do reform leaders go about bringing more teachers to the table and fully engaging them? How do they promote constructive conversation on potentially controversial issues like performance, accountability, and evaluation?

There are three ways to use these materials to proactively engage teachers in dialogue and decision making:

As Part of a Task Force expand

Typically, if a task force or committee is charged with addressing teacher evaluation, its membership will include teachers. Our Moderator’s Guide and Leaders Involvement Guide provide information about selecting teachers to serve on task forces and making their voices count.

With Engagement Teams expand

To engage the masses of teachers who will not be able to serve on a task force, we recommend creating “teacher engagement teams”—groups of teachers who convene on a regular basis to collaboratively explore the pros and cons of various approaches to teacher evaluation and give input on a general consensus as to what type of system would work best. The Moderator’s Guide offers detailed guidance on convening and leading teacher engagement teams and clarifying to teachers and key decision makers exactly how teacher input will be used to inform policy.

Independentlyexpand

If working with leaders, a task force, or even teacher engagement teams is not possible in a specific context, using these materials independently is a viable option. Even by reviewing the material independently or, better yet, sending it to a few colleagues for their collective consideration, reform leaders will emerge with a more structured way of communicating ideas about evaluation.
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