The Marginal Teacher

The Marginal Teacher
A Step-by-Step Guide to Fair Procedures for Identification and Dismissal

Third Edition

© 2005 | 224 pages | Corwin
Simplify complicated teacher dismissals by doing your homework!

Are you faced with the difficult task of teacher evaluations? Does the burden of proof fall to you in cases of teacher dismissals? For over a decade, principals have turned to The Marginal Teacher as a resource for ensuring instructional competency in their schools.

This third edition of The Marginal Teacher offers timely solutions for successfully dealing with marginal teachers. Lawrence illustrates the proper actions that principals should integrate into the evaluation processes to successfully gather documentation to help improve or terminate an ineffective teacher.

Complete with tools and resources to streamline the evaluation process, you'll find:

    • An updated PC or Mac CD-ROM with customizable forms, checklists, calendars, and teacher dismissal documentation
    • Understanding the evaluation process, procedures, policies, and new legislation
    • Handling nontenured teacher dismissal
    • Integrating classroom observation techniques
    • Dealing with teacher misconduct
    • Incorporating action steps for conducting the school level dismissal meeting

Let this time-tested guide ease the difficult task of teacher dismissal.

List of Sample Resource Documents
A Cautionary Note
About the Author
1. Preparing for the Teacher Evaluation Process
2. Understanding Misconduct and the Teacher Appraisal Process
3. Describing the Marginal and the Good Teacher
4. Starting the New School Year
5. Organizing the Unsatisfactory Teacher Evaluation Binder
6. Observing All Teachers
7. Implementing an Intensive Assistance Plan
8. Getting Ready for the School-Level Dismissal Meeting
9. Conducting the School-Level Dismissal Meeting
10. Presenting Before an Impartial Hearing Officer/Body
Resource A: Sample Letters Sent to Supervisor
Resource B: Calendar With Suggested Timeline of Actions
Resource C: Summary Chart of Teacher Evaluation Statutes
Resource D: Sample Unsatisfactory Teacher Evaluation Documentation

"The material presented in this book includes direction in providing mentors to teachers, implementing an assistance plan for those who are ineffective, evaluating the assistance plan, preparing for the building-level dismissal hearing, and presenting at the subsequent impartial hearing...This book is a valuable resource for practicing principals...The appeal of this book is wide, as the needs of novice as well as seasoned administrators can be met."

Rosemary Flanagan
American Psychological Association

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Preparing for the Teacher Evaluation Process

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