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Building Trust in Teacher Evaluations

It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it
By: Shelly M. Arneson

Foreword by Charlotte Danielson

Build a culture of trust with these concrete, proactive strategies for effective, evidenced-based teacher observations, evaluations, and follow-ups. Includes ample modeling examples for quick success.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483319773
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2014
  • Page Count: 144
  • Publication date: September 17, 2014

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Your breakthrough approach to top-notch teacher evaluations!

This hands-on professional development guide explores the critical ingredients of communication and trust for success in the new age of teacher evaluation systems. Recognized expert Shelly Arneson provides concrete, proactive strategies to help school leaders:

  • Create and sustain a supportive, honest, and collaborative school culture
  • Foster effective communication and build teacher-principal trust
  • Conduct evidence-based observations and evaluations
  • Hold effective follow-up conversations that nurture teacher growth
  • Promote teacher self-assessment and reflection

Includes absorbing real world vignettes, reflection questions, and ample modeling examples for quick success. Before heading into an observation or post-observation conference you’ll find quick nuggets of wisdom you can reference again and again. Use this informative guide to transform the teacher evaluation process today!

" An absolute essential for any bookshelf of the novice or seasoned administrator. . . . Really hits home on how trust is essential for effective evaluations. . . . The book covers all angles of why trust and evaluations go hand in hand."
—Jason Eitner, Superintendent
The Lower Alloways Creek School District, Canton Salem, NJ

"In order for student growth to make a positive impact you, as the instructional leader, need to make a positive impact with your teachers; this starts with trust and building a better teacher via evaluations. This book will lead you in that direction!"
—Elizabeth Alvarez, Principal
John C. Dore Elementary School, Chicago, IL

Key features

Shelly has recently begun training districts across the country in teacher effectiveness strategies, so she has a wealth of anecdotal stories to share, in which teachers and administrators lament the difficulty of forming that trusting bond in a time when such a bond is a bare necessity for progress. This book, however, will highlight success stories and practical tips on what works in the field.

One of the features of Trust and Communication will be the E-cubed: Effective Evaluation Example, in which a school leader can grab a quick nugget of wisdom before heading into an observation or post-observation conference with a teacher.

Since teacher evaluation is a hot topic at the present time, several other books are available on the topic. William Ribas has a textbook called Teacher Evaluation That Works. While this textbook is designed to help schools re-evaluate their evaluation process, Building Better Teacher Evaluations Through Trust and Communication is much more relationship-oriented, which is the aspect for which school leaders and teachers seem to be clamoring. The partnership that leads to successful evaluations will be the focus of Trust and Communication. Corwin Press has published a book by Barker and Searchwell called Writing Meaningful Teacher Evaluations – Right Now! This is an incredibly important topic, as well, but the focus is more on the written evaluation while Trust and Communication will focus more on the underpinnings of how successful communication about teacher practice will take place. Trust and Communication promises to be a widely used book by school leaders and administrative preparation programs to help change not only practices but the culture of the teacher observation and evaluation process.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Charlotte Danielson



About the Author

1. Introduction

2. Evaluation Done "With" Teachers, Not "to" Teachers

3. Building Teacher Trust and Communication in the Evaluation Process

4. Builder 1: Build Relationships, Not an Empire

5. Builder 2: Teach the Process

6. Builder 3: Communicate Effectively

7. Builder 4: It's Not What You Say; It's How You Say It

8. Builder 5: Follow-Up With Honesty and Support

9. Factors Influencing Trust and Communication

10. The Legacy We Leave Behind





Price: $29.95
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