Sorry about the radio silence. My AP history teaching partners aren’t sorry; they’re relieved that I’ve graded the 80 plus essays that were sitting in my Turnitin.com inbox.
When I posted about the study of charter management organizations, I noted that next to a strong behavior code, teacher evaluation and coaching correlated most strongly with student improvement. So I was intrigued by today’s Education Week report about New Haven, Connecticut’s evaluation system that relies heavily on coaching, seems to have buy-in from the teacher’s union, and uses test scores . . . but does not rely on such measures exclusively.
This may be the cockeyed optimist in me, but I truly believe that many teachers would welcome meaningful, critical evaluations coupled with serious help from experienced colleagues. I know that I would have quit teaching my first full year without help from some truly dedicated colleagues (you know who you are). It’s a lot easier to take criticism when it’s extended together with a helping hand.
Here’s the link.