FWSU Evaluation Committee Update

Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment. FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.

Action Step -Redefine high performance in a
student-centered, collaborative, technologically rich learning environment

Indicator of Success -Teachers embrace role of coach, facilitator and co-learner in a student-centered learning environment

The FWSU evaluation Committee has completed its second year of work redefining how teaching and learning is evaluated in all school in the Franklin West Supervisory Union. The basis for the formation of the working group was in response to the FWSU Board of Directors asking for a comprehensive review of our teacher evaluation model. They charged the administration to make adjustments or revisions where necessary with a focus on measuring student growth and student outcomes. 

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This year the system was launched in all FWSU schools to focus on the professional growth and effectiveness of our educators. The new model was based on the Vermont Guidelines for Teacher & Leader Effectiveness which was recently developed by the Vermont Agency of Education. Here are some of the highlights of the new system:

  1. New professional performance rubrics  including a rubric on family and community engagement.
  2. Yearly observations and evaluations of all teachers through the use of the mini-observation model.
  3. Online professional portfolio.
  4. Peer to peer collaborative feedback.
  5. Stakeholder feedback.

Over the past two years 11 teachers, 3 administrators, and 1 FWSU school board representative met consistently to design and refine the system. This year the committee primary focused on creating a mechanism for stakeholder feedback to incorporate within the evaluation process. Working with our partners at Panorama Education, the committee designed and piloted school and classroom surveys. Next year students and parents throughout FWSU will be asked through a survey about their classroom and school experiences. The information gained from the surveys will be used to improve instruction and improve how our schools serve the communities of Fletcher, Georgia and Fairfax.

In addition, the committee used feedback from teachers and principals to make adjustments to our system for next year. Next year the committee will continue its work, with some new members, to monitor our system. The committee will also recommend and develop a method to incorporate student growth measures into our model.

If you are interested in reading more, please follow this link to the full evaluation process document. Read more about the history of this committee and its work here.

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