EWA Teacher Evaluation Seminar
Evaluating Teachers: Beyond the Rhetoric
issues are as fraught with controversy as teacher evaluation. Fierce debates
are playing out at the local, state, and national levels, as efforts accelerate
to revamp systems widely seen as ineffective at meaningfully distinguishing
among teachers or helping them improve.
the headline-grabbing battles in Congress, state capitals, and local school
boards, people are rolling up their sleeves and getting down to work. Rather
than pondering the pros and cons of tying student test scores to individual
teachers, they are wrestling with how to put such data to responsible use.
Instead of asking whether teachers’ job assessments should be linked to student
performance, they are tackling hard, practical questions about how that should
Our goal for our
Nov. 12 seminar, “Evaluating Teachers:
Beyond the Rhetoric,” was to get beyond the sound bites and offer genuine
insights into the rapid changes taking place in how the nation’s teachers are
held accountable for performance and what those changes mean for the nation’s
education system as a whole.
The seminar reverberated
with a few persistent themes from our speakers. First, teacher evaluations
should not be punitive but should help educators improve their practice.
Secondly, teachers want better evaluation systems that help them do just that.
You can catch up
with the seminar at The
Educated Reporter, view video
highlights and listen to full
podcasts of each session.
Here are some
links to coverage drawn from the seminar:
Questions on Changing Teacher Evaluations, Rebecca Vevea, Chicago News
Cooperative, Nov. 12, 2011
Things to Think About as Michigan and Other States Overhaul Teacher
Evaluation, Julie Mack, Kalamazoo Gazette, Nov. 13, 2011
System Required to Apply for No Child Waiver, Marquita Brown,
Clarion-Ledger, Nov. 13, 2011
Evaluations: Publicly Tying Names to Scores Hinders Education Reform,
Report Says, Huffington Post, Nov. 14, 2011
Ed Colleges Cartels Standing in the Way of Education Reform? Dave
Murray, Grand Rapids Press, Nov. 14, 2011
Unions Say Teacher Evaluations Should be About Improving, Not 'Sorting and
Firing,' Dave Murray, Grand Rapids Press, Nov. 14
Evaluation Pilot Shows Promise, Sarah Karp, Catalyst Chicago, Nov. 15,
We Evaluate Teachers Before Knowing Exactly What Makes Them Great?,
Dave Murray, Grand Rapids Press, Nov. 16, 2011
County Snubs Student Teaching Because Teachers Fear Effect on Evaluations,
Julie Hubbard, The Tennessean, Nov. 16, 2011
Progress to Figure in States’ Teacher and Principal Evaluations, Rosalind Rossi, Chicago Sun-Times, Nov. 18, 2011
Schools Part of a Nationwide Movement to Overhaul Teacher Evaluations,
Julie Mack, Kalamazoo Gazette, Nov. 20, 2011
Won’t Strike Evaluation Deal Just to Get Federal Funds, Rachel Cromidas, GothamSchools, Nov. 21, 2011
- Teacher Evaluations: The Questions Journalists Face, Christine Jessel, Southern Education Desk, Nov. 23, 2011
to Roll Out Teacher Evaluations in Schools, Dorie Turner, Associated
Press, Nov. 27, 2011
a Teacher's Worth, Nichole Dobo, The News-Journal (Wilmington, Del.),
Jan. 15, 2012
This seminar was hosted by The
University of Chicago Urban Education Institute and made possible in part by
grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Joyce Foundation.