West Valley School District is working on the institution of a new Teacher and Principal Evaluation Process as required by the State of Washington. The new Evaluation Process for Teachers and Principals brings to light new expectations for performance that are aligned with the new state criteria; research-based teaching and leadership practices, student growth measures and professional growth measures, as well as using four tier rubrics. The evaluation tools will support professional growth and promote student achievement. In compliance with legislation, all school districts in Washington State will be required to fully implement the new teacher-principal evaluation by 2015. West Valley will be starting this process in the 2013-2014 school year for principals and selected teachers.
Instructional Framework - Leadership Framework
The Teacher – Principal Evaluation Project also requires that every school district in Washington State adopt one of three instructional frameworks through which evaluators will observe and evaluate teacher effectiveness as well as a new leadership framework to evaluate principal effectiveness. West Valley School District has adopted the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership’s 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning as the Teaching Instructional Framework for evaluating teacher effectiveness, and the Association of Washington School Principal’s Leadership Framework for evaluating principal effectiveness.
CEL 5 DIMENSIONS (and Subdimensions) OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
- Learning Target and Teaching Points
- Student Engagement
- Intellectual Work
- Engagement Strategies
- Curriculum and Pedagogy
- Teaching Approaches and/or Strategies
- Scaffolds for Learning
- Assessment of Student Learning
- Classroom Environment and Culture
- Use of Physical Environment
- Classroom Routines and Rituals
- Classroom Culture
AWSP LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK (and Elements)
- Creating a Culture
- Develops and sustains focus on a shared mission and clear vision for improvement of learning and teaching.
- Engages in essential conversations for ongoing improvement.
- Facilitates collaborative processes leading toward continuous improvement.
- Creates opportunities for shared leadership.
- Ensuring School Safety
- Provides for physical safety.
- Provides for social, emotional and intellectual safety.
- Planning with Data
- Recognizes and seeks out multiple data sources.
- Analyzes and interprets multiple data sources to inform school-level improvement efforts.
- Implements data driven plan for improved teaching and learning.
- Assists staff to use data to guide, modify and improve classroom teaching and learning.
- Aligning Curriculum
- Alignment of curricula to state and local district learning goals.
- Alignment of best instructional practices to state and district learning goals.
- Alignment of assessment practices to best instructional practices.
- Improving Instruction
- Monitors instruction and assessment practices.
- Assists staff in developing required student growth plan and indentifying valid, reliable sources of evidence of effectiveness.
- Assists staff in implementing effective instruction and assessment practices.
- Reliably and validly evaluates staff in effective instruction and assessment practices.
- Managing Resources
- Managing human resources (assignment, hiring).
- Managing human resources (ongoing professional development).
- Managing fiscal resources.
- Fulfilling legal responsibilities.
- Engaging Communities
- Communicates with community to promote learning.
- Partners with families and school community.
- Closing the Gap
- Identifies barriers to achievement and knows how to close resulting gaps.
- Demonstrates a commitment to close the achievement gap.
- Provides evidence of growth in student learning.
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