FWSU Evaluation Committee Begins Year 3 of Work

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.eval 2

Recently the FWSU Evaluation Committee started its third year of work to redefine how teaching and learning is evaluated in all schools within Franklin West Supervisory Union. The basis for the formation of this working group is in response to the FWSU Board of Directors’ request 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.

This is our second year of implementation of the system in all FWSU schools emphasizing professional growth and effectiveness of our educators. Our model is based on the Vermont Guidelines for Teacher & Leader Effectiveness which was developed by the Vermont Agency of Education in 2012. Here are some of the highlights of the system:

  1. Professional performance rubric, including a rubric on family and community engagement, based on the work of Kim Marshall
  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

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This year our committee is again comprised of teachers and administrators from all of our schools: John Viau (BFA), Heather Sikorsky (GEMS), Jenny Blackman (FES), Mary Lynn Riggs (FWSU), Jensen Welch (BFA), Ned Kirsch (FWSU), Karen Lehning (GEMS), Mary Fitzgerald (BFA), Chris Dodge (FES), and Juliet King (BFA). Committee membership is open to all teachers and administrators in FWSU.

eval3Last year the committee’s primary focus was to create a mechanism for gathering stakeholder feedback to incorporate in the evaluation process. Working with our partners at Panorama Education, the committee designed and piloted school and classroom surveys. In December, students and parents throughout FWSU will be asked to participate in a survey about their classroom and school experiences. The information collected from the surveys will be used to improve instruction and enhance how our schools serve the communities of Fletcher, Georgia, and Fairfax.

This year the major work of the committee is to develop a method for integrating student learning objectives into the evaluation model. A Student Learning Objective (SLO) is a measurable, long-term, academic growth target that a teacher sets at the beginning of the year for all students or for subgroups of students. SLOs demonstrate a teacher’s impact on student learning. You can learn more about SLOs here.

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As in the past, the committee will continue to use feedback from teachers and principals to make adjustments to our system. If you are interested in learning more, read the full evaluation process document.

Read more about the history of this committee and its work in blog posts featured here.

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.

FWSU Teacher Evaluation Committee Continues – Year 2

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

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

images (12)This year all FWSU teachers began using a new evaluation system developed last year by a committee of teachers, administrators, and board members. The committee embarked upon a two year design of a new evaluation system that was based on the FWSU philosophy of equity, high performance and digital age learning.

Last year the committee worked throughout the year to create a state-of-the-art evaluation system aligned with current research. The system itself was based on the goals of accountability, growth, personalization and evidence.

Our new system includes these important components:

  • New professional performance rubrics including a rubric on family and community engagement.
  • Yearly observations and evaluations of all teachers through the use of a mini-observation model.
  • Online e-portfolio of professional learning.
  • Peer-to-peer collaborative feedback.

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This years committee has met twice this year, and has many more meetings planned.  The committee’s primary charge for the year is to develop a Stakeholder Feedback model for teachers to gather input from students, peers and families. The work developed and completed this year will be part of phase two implementation next year.

In addition, the committee will also review, evaluate, and improve our new model using feedback from our teachers, principals, and board members. It is an exciting endeavor that will lead our district to improved student performance.

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The 2013/2014 committee is comprised of the following individuals: Lara Weis (FES), Karen Lehning (GEMS), Heather Sikorsky (GEMS), Jen Skerrett (BFA), Juliet King (BFA), Tom Walsh (BFA), Mary Lynn Riggs (FWSU), Laura Mathieu (GEMS), Rachelle LeVau (BFA/FWSU Board), Jennifer Ormerod (BFA) and Ned Kirsch (FWSU).

FWSU Evaluation Committee Continues Its Work

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

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

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Yesterday a team of FWSU teachers, administrators, and board members embarked upon Year 2 of designing a new evaluation system for teachers. Last year the committee worked throughout the year to create a state-of-the-art evaluation system based on current research.

Our new system includes these important components:

  • New professional performance rubrics including a rubric on family and community engagement.
  • Yearly observations and evaluations of all teachers through the use of a mini-observation model.
  • Online e-portfolio of professional learning.
  • Peer-to-peer collaborative feedback.

images (3) This year the committee has the responsibility of completing sections of the evaluation system that were planned for phase two of the implementation. The committee’s charge for this year is to develop the remaining pieces of the system for use in the 2014/2015 school year:

  • Stakeholder Feedback tools will be created for each teacher to gather input.
  • Student Outcomes will become a part of the teacher accountability system.

Finally, the committee will also review, evaluate, and improve our new model using feedback from our teachers, principals, and board members, based on this year’s data. It is an exciting endeavor that will lead our district to improved performance.

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The 2013/2014 committee is comprised of the following individuals: Lara Weis (FES), Karen Lehning (GEMS), Heather Sikorsky (GEMS), Jen Skerrett (BFA), Juliet King (BFA), Tom Walsh (BFA), Mary Lynn Riggs (FWSU), Rachelle LeVau (BFA/FWSU Board), Jennifer Ormerod (BFA) and Ned Kirsch (FWSU).

FWSU Teacher Evaluation Work Moves into Final Stages

Read previous posts about the work of the Evaluation Committee

The FWSU Evaluation Committee is in the final stages of developing a new evaluation system for all professional staff members. The committee has been working diligently since October to develop a system that meets the needs of a digital-age learning environment.The committee started its work with a research review, both theoretical and practical. The committee has also explored and studied other evaluations systems within our geographic area and also across the United States.

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The committee early on in the process decided to base their work on the following beliefs:

  • A belief that Student Learning requires consistent focus on the needs and results of the learner
  • A belief that our Teacher Evaluation Plan must be accountability-oriented as well as focused on teacher and school improvement
  • A belief that we must meet the personal and professional development needs of the adult learner in order to realize faculty improvement

The basis for the formation of the 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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The new model will be ready implemented, after approval by the FWSU Board of Directors meeting in June, at the start of the 2013/2014 school year. Here are just some of the highlights of what the new system will include:

  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.

Once approved, the committee will begin the process of introducing the new system to all professional staff prior to the end of the school year.

photo (38)The committee is comprised of the following individuals – Bev Briggs (FES), Janet E. Cerro (FES), Karen Garrett (GEMS), Phil Gulizio (GEMS), Melinda Carpenter (BFA), Tom Walsh (BFA), Mary Lynn Riggs (FWSU), Rachelle LeVau (BFA/FWSU Board) and Ned Kirsch (FWSU).

Update on the FWSU Teacher Evaluation Committee

Back in early September the new FWSU Evaluation Committee was formed. The basis for the formation of the 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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The committee was formed and a team of educators and administrators from all schools in FWSU began its task.  The committee is comprised of the following individuals – Bev Briggs (FES), Janet E. Cerro (FES), Karen Garrett (GEMS), Phil Gulizio (GEMS), Melinda Carpenter (BFA), Tracey Godin (FES), Tom Walsh (BFA), Mary Lynn Riggs (FWSU), Rachelle LeVau (BFA/FWSU Board) and Ned Kirsch (FWSU).

Over the past 5 months, the committee has met consistently and is drafting a document to present to the FWSU Board this spring. The new evaluation system will be ready for implementation for the 2013/2014 school year.

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Much has been written recently regarding teacher effectiveness and evaluation. Throughout their work, the committee has stayed as up-to-date as possible on the current research. The committee has studied the work of Robert Marzano, Charlotte Danielson, Kim Marshall, and many other noted educational researchers. Here are a few of the resources that have shaped the process and informed the committee’s decisions along the way:

The next meeting is scheduled for early February. If you have any questions about this important work, please feel free to ask any member of the committee.

FWSU Launches New Teacher Evaluation Committee

Teacher evaluation at FWSU has been based on the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching for the past 8 years. It is a system used extensively throughout Vermont and the United States. The model evaluates teacher effectiveness in and out of the classroom. It has been a very good system.

Two years ago the FWSU Board of Directors asked for a comprehensive review of our teacher evaluation model, and charged us to make adjustments or revisions where necessary with a focus on measuring student growth and student outcomes.

This week, we formed a team of educators and administrators from all schools in FWSU to begin work on this important task.  The committee is comprised of the following individuals – Bev Briggs (FES), Janet E. Cerro (FES), Karen Garrett (GEMS), Phil Gulizio (GEMS), Melinda Carpenter (BFA), Tracey Godin (FES), Tom Walsh (BFA), Mary Lynn Riggs (FWSU), and Ned Kirsch (FWSU).

We began the process with a review of current literature and research  regarding teacher evaluation to build a common understanding of best practice. We then introduced the Appreciative Inquiry process to guide our work. It allows for the committee to build on the successes of our current system amd make the next system even better.

As work of the FWSU Evaluation Committee continues, more information will be shared.