Saturday, September 6, 2014

Organizing Teacher Evaluation Evidence {Danielson Framework & Massachusetts Model for Educator Evaluation}

With most, if not all, teachers officially back in school for the start of a new year today seemed like a great time to share a blog post I wrote about how to document and organize the evidence that is required as part of the teacher evaluation process in many states. 

This was originally written as part of a 14-post Classroom Organization Series focused on Organizing EVERY type of paper that teachers encounter. You can access all 14 posts {and many other posts to help get you organized}  by clicking on the Classroom Organization tab at the top of this page at any time when you visit the blog or by clicking on this link now.

In 2012 I became a National Board Certified Teacher. My heart still pounds when I think of that roller coaster experience. It was by far the most challenging and most rewarding thing I have done professionally. 

But holy cow...the paperwork!

And soon after completing that achievement I was introduced to the new teacher evaluation system

I can’t believe how similar the two are. 

So not only do you need to be the “highly effective” rockstar teacher that you already are, but you also need to keep a paper trail to prove just how awesome you are. 

I will forego the obvious commentary because it doesn’t need to be said and instead just share what works for me in terms of documenting the evidence.
First I suggest you become familiar with the expectations for your state. I’m in Massachusetts and our Educator Evaluation System looks a bit different than other states. Some use the Danielson framework for Teaching Evaluation and I am sure there are even more. Checking your district or state education website should be a good resource to get started.

While not all districts want you to pull a wagon full of evidence into their administrative offices I feel it is best to over-document for your own sake and then pick and choose what you share based on their expectations.

Designate a binder to the process. Create cover sheets in page protectors or tabbed dividers to section off the various pieces of evidence you collect. As you find evidence add it to the binder.

I would also suggest keeping a digital portfolio on your computer of additional evidence. To do so create a folder titled, “Teacher Evaluation” with folders inside for each of the areas you need evidence for. Save parent emails, pdfs of lessons, photos, video clips and anything else you deem worthy into the folders so they will be easily accessible if needed.

Take pictures of your projects, plans, bulletin boards, etc. 

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Save copies of everything and anything that you feel offers evidence. Parent newsletters, open house packets, meeting agendas, etc.

And honestly as soon as you start to get used to this process I would highly recommend that you consider working towards becoming a National Board Certified Teacher because honestly you’ll be doing so much of the groundwork already and accomplishing that achievement is truly a rewarding experience.

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