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Making Evaluation Meaningful
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Making Evaluation Meaningful
Transforming the Conversation to Transform Schools

  • PJ Caposey - Superintendent, Meridian Community Unit School District

Foreword by Todd Whitaker



July 2017 | 152 pages | Corwin

Re-evaluate your perspective on teacher evaluation to truly transform school performance!

 

The tools, strategies, and reflections in this book provide realistic solutions to the problem faced by many schools: meaningless evaluation. A considerable amount of time, energy, and money is spent on the teacher evaluation process, yet the question remains whether it is truly transforming the learning of teachers and, therefore, students.

 

This practical guide shows how evaluation can become the tie that binds all school improvement activities together to:

•         Bring clarity and purpose to all educators making their roles more effective

•         Improve teacher practice since they receive better support

•         Increase student achievement and overall school culture

 

 

"For years, building leaders have been agonizing over teacher evaluations, pouring countless hours into a practice that consistently fails to produce the desired result; more meaningful conversations that produce improved quality instructional practices and increases in student achievement. In his book, Making Evaluation Meaningful, PJ Caposey shares a step by step framework filled with quick & easy to follow “Tips for Tomorrow,” as well as detailed examples to help you shift your mindset and behave yourself to a more effective instructional leader. This book will leave you questioning your own evaluation system while at the same time inspiring you to re-commit the time and resources needed to help grow and develop your teachers."

—Jimmy Casas, Principal and CEO

 

" PJ Caposey, through a practitioner lens, has developed an incredible guide that not only helps to demystify the evaluation process, but also provide ready-to- use strategies to ensure reflection and growth are the result. In the end evaluation must be meaningful for both parties. This book will help get you there."

—Eric Sheninger, Author/Consultant, Senior Fellow/Thought Leader

 

"PJ Caposey has developed a great resource on teacher evaluation that actually provides realistic, encouraging, and supportive guidance instead of an arbitrary checklist!"

—Larry Ferlazzo, Teacher, Author and Education Week Teacher advice blogger

Luther Burbank High School, Sacramento, CA
 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
Being an Effective Instructional Leader Takes Practice  
Learn From Mistakes  
Rethink Established Theories  
Don’t Neglect the Why and How  
Focus on the Goal: Improving Practice  
 
1. Realize Evaluation Undoubtedly Impacts Culture
Cultural Impact of Evaluation  
Changes  
 
2. Master the Technical Elements of the Tool
Close Reading  
Time in Classrooms  
Understanding of Best Practice  
Creating a Crosswalk  
Suggestion for Improvement Bank  
Staying Current With Trends  
 
3. Leverage the Opportunity Presented at a Pre-conference
Typical Pre-conference Experience  
Pre-conference Versus Job Interview  
Meaningful Pre-conference Questions  
Framework Alignment  
When a Pre-conference Goes Wrong  
Re-recruitment  
 
4. Possess a Game Plan for Every Observation
Three Typical Observational Practices  
The Hybrid Solution  
Reflective Conference Impact  
 
5. Create a Process for Self-Reflection
Self-Assessment Dos and Don’ts  
Guided Practice  
Understand Evaluator Fear of Self-Assessment  
Auxiliary Benefits  
Evaluator Self-Assessment  
 
6. Be Cognizant of the Questions Driving Effective Evaluation
Driving Questions  
Are Suggestions for Improvement Present Across All Domains and Do They Exist for Components Rated Proficient as Well as Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory?  
Are the Suggestions Provided Research Based and Grade and Content Appropriate for Each Teacher?  
Does Feedback Link District Initiatives and Goals to Individual Teacher Performance?  
Does the Administrator Explain the Why and How Behind Suggestions for Improvement?  
Do Themes or Tendencies Emerge?  
Is There Evidence of Framework Mastery for the Evaluator?  
Is the Tone and Type of Language (Direct and Indirect) the Same Across All Evaluation Summaries?  
Does the Evaluator Provide Context and an Understanding of the Personal and Professional Growth of the Teacher?  
Does the Evaluator Provide Concrete Goals for Future Performance Outlined With Accountability Measures?  
Does the Evaluator Communicate as if They Mutually Own the Future Growth of the Teacher?  
Is Feedback Provided in a Consistent and Easy-to-Understand Manner?  
 
7. The Reflective Conference
Fight Climbing the Ladder of Inference  
Talk Less Than the Teacher  
To Serve, Not to Convince  
Questions Without Answers  
The Answer Is Within Them  
Schedules Match Priorities  
Establish Goal Areas  
Tips for Success for All Types of Reflective Conferences  
 
8. Communicate for Teachers, Not to Them
Effective Feedback Strategies  
9. Personalized Professional Development: Mutually Own Future Growth  
Establishing a Personalized Professional Development Plan for Teachers  
What Happens if I Am Not an Expert in This Area?  
 
Conclusion (and a Note to Superintendents)
A Note to Superintendents  
 
Resource: Suggestions-for-Improvement Bank
 
References
 
Index

"PJ Caposey has developed a great resource on teacher evaluation that actually provides realistic, encouraging, and supportive guidance instead of an arbitrary checklist!"

Larry Ferlazzo, Teacher, Author and Education Week Teacher advice blogger
Luther Burbank High School, Sacramento, CA

"PJ Caposey does it again! He writes with authority, relevance, and passion about a topic often researched and often avoided by practitioners. He shares tips, needed mindset shifts as well as concrete examples of how to maximize the inherent power in the evaluation process. He outlines how to take a process required by law into a meaningful and powerful learning journey for all involved. Caposey masterfully lays out a coherent structure for making evaluation meaningful and for equipping would be evaluators with the "how" and "why" for conducting critical conversations. This compelling manuscript is a must read for graduate students studying to become school leaders and practicing school leaders alike."

Mike Lubelfeld and Nick Polyak, school superintendents, authors of The Unlearning Leader
Co-moderators of #suptchat on Twitter, Deerfield, IL

"Evaluation is an incredibly important and time consuming responsibility for educational leaders. Caposey shares practical methods and notions that will move your evaluation process from good to great. Promoting the success of every student is directly tied to the type of feedback evaluators provide to teachers. Making Evaluation Meaningful will change your mindset and push your school culture in a positive direction."

Brad Currie, Dean of Students and Supervisor of Instruction
Chester School District, Chester, NJ

"Quality feedback informs and provides practical suggestions for improvement and is pivotal if the goal is to improve teaching and learning. PJ Caposey, through a practitioner lens, has developed an incredible guide that not only helps to demystify the evaluation process, but also provide ready-to- use strategies to ensure reflection and growth are the result. In the end evaluation must be meaningful for both parties. This book will help get you there."

Eric Sheninger, Author/Consultant, Senior Fellow/Thought Leader
International Center for Leadership in Education, Cypress, TX

"One of the most daunting and frustrating challenges for school leaders is making teacher evaluation count. Implementing a model is not enough. Through practical examples, PJ Caposey has discovered how to do the things school leaders want to do—build on strengths, develop shared meaning, and ultimately improve student learning. These goals are attainable with the principles shared in Making Evaluation Meaningful."

David Geurin, Graduate Education Professor
Southwest Baptist University and Regent University, Bolivar, MO

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