EdWatch: Teacher evaluations, what works and what doesn't

By Amy Cherry 10:22am, February 6, 2013 - Updated 10:39am, February 6, 2013
WDEL's Amy Cherry talks in-depth with the Hope Street Group's VP of Education, Dan Cruce, about the new playbook.
A handy new resource explains what works and what doesn't when it comes to teacher evaluations.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has more in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.

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The Hope Street Group has debuted a free online teacher evaluation playbook.

The resource draws from real-life experiences.

"The best practices in states that are undertaking teacher evaluation reform work can learn from what well and what didn't, and maybe not take some of the turns that some folks in Delaware or Tennessee took," explains Dan Cruce, Vice President of Education for the Hope Street Group.

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Cruce says there's a handful of fundamental planning steps that can make or break a state or district when it comes to implementing a teacher evaluation program. The first being communication--and not just from higher ups.

"For states to really look at having those peer advocates at the local level, and even in the building that are doing that communication. They know each other, and I think that just instill more trust in the process," Cruce says.

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He says the playbook can be used by states just starting out and by states who are two years into the process.

Because he explains, teacher evaluation reform is about doing things with teachers not TO teachers.

"It's really about creating opportunities for teachers to be a part of the process and for their voice to be a part of the process," says Cruce.

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To check out the playbook by visiting the Hope Street Group.

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