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1 Washington State Teacher and Principal Evaluation
Module 1: Introduction to Educator Evaluation in Washington March 2013

2 Entry Task As you enter, please take a moment to place a dot on the continuum on the wall that represents your perception of the following: To what degree has the current evaluation system supported you in improving your practice? 1 = Poorly supported 2 = Slightly supported 3 = Somewhat supported 4 = Completely supported

3 Welcome! Introductions Logistics Agenda Agenda Connecting Learning
Implementing Reflecting Wrap Up

4 Modules Module 1: Introduction to Educator Evaluation in Washington
Module 2: Using Instructional and Leadership Frameworks in Educator Evaluation Module 3: Preparing and Applying Formative Multiple Measures of Performance: An Introduction to Self-Assessment, Goal Setting, and Criterion Scoring Module 4: Combining Multiple Measures Into a Summative Rating Module 5: Including Student Growth in Educator Evaluation Module 6: Conducting High-Quality Observations and Maximizing Rater Agreement Module 7: Providing High-Quality Feedback for Continuous Professional Growth and Development

5 Overview of Intended Participant Outcomes for Module 1
Participants will know and be able to: Understand the background and purpose of the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Project (TPEP) Articulate the primary components of the revised teacher and principal evaluation system Determine the relationship between the revised teacher and principal evaluation criteria Self-assess the alignment of their district’s current evaluation system with the required evaluation system reforms, and apply results to an action plan Build awareness of the eVAL management system purpose, functions, and features

6 Session Norms Pausing Paraphrasing Posing Questions
Putting Ideas on the Table Providing Data Paying Attention to Self and Others Presuming Positive Intentions What Else?

7 Connecting Builds community, prepares the team for learning, and links to prior knowledge, other modules, and current work

8 “We Can’t Fire Our Way to Finland”
TPEP Core Principles “We Can’t Fire Our Way to Finland” The critical importance of teacher and leadership quality The professional nature of teaching and leading a school The complex relationship between the system for teacher and principal evaluation and district systems and negotiations The belief in professional learning as an underpinning of the new evaluation system The understanding that the career continuum must be addressed in the new evaluation system The system must determine the balance of “inputs or acts” and “outputs or results”

9 Hopes? Concerns? Select two sticky notes.
On one, write a hope you have for the teacher and principal evaluation reforms. On the other, write a concern you have for the teacher and principal evaluation reforms. Share each with your team, then synthesize into one collective hope and one collective concern. Discuss as large group. What do you notice? Hope Concern

10 Chalk Talk Activity: Knowledge of TPEP
Individual Reflection and Writing Discussion What do you know about the components of educator evaluation in Washington? Each chart paper has a specific component in its center. Write your comments about that component around the center. Where does the main knowledge base center? What are the main points of confusion?

11 Evaluation System Placemat Activity
Individual and Teams Discussion Think about a highly effective evaluation system, one that addresses your concerns and builds on your hopes—one that is completely supportive to improving your practice as a teacher or principal. Generate 8 to 10 sticky notes with one idea per note. With your tabletop group teams, “sort” your characteristics onto a premade “placement” of evaluation system components. Each team shares which components their sticky notes clustered around and which components received less attention. What additional components can contribute to the picture of an effective evaluation system for principals and teachers?

12 Learning I: Context, Background, & Key Components
Understand the background and purpose of TPEP Articulate the primary components of the revised teacher and principal evaluation system

13 Teacher and Principal Evaluation Overview
Overview of TPEP, ESSB 5895, and ESEA Flexibility Waiver Note-Taking: Four-Column Notes G! RCW 28A Teacher and Principal Evaluation Overview The following 17-minute video provides an overview of teacher and principal evaluation reform in Washington. 6 Timelines Student Growth Questions Comments A capital “G!” indicates that the guidance represents the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), or Washington Administrative Code (WAC). The RCW establishes the criteria for evaluations of certificated employees, including administrators; these include legislative findings about the purpose of evaluations, training for evaluators, training for educators on required evaluation procedures, and assistance for teachers following evaluations. The WAC establishes the minimum criteria and minimum procedural standards to be adopted in accordance with Chapter RCW by districts for the evaluation of the professional performance capabilities and development of certificated classroom teachers and certificated support personnel. g G! RCW 28A A capital “G!” indicates that the guidance represents Washington state law (RCW) or rules (WAC). A lowercase “g” indicates that the guidance represents research-based best practices but is not mandated by law or rules.

14 Video Reflection Role-alike partner-sharing: What’s becoming clearer to you? What are the key pieces of information from this video that you think your district will need/want to know? District-sharing: How might we “tell the story” of TPEP in a compelling, interesting way for our district colleagues, to promote investment and engagement?

15 Influences on TPEP Development
2012 ESSB 5895 ESEA Flexibility Waiver TPEP Pilot Sites and Steering Cmte Instructional and Leadership Framework Authors Research and Best Practices E2SSB 6696 & Race to the Top Washington State Evaluation and Professional Growth System 2010–12

16 Before and After: A Snapshot
G! RCW 28A Before Component After Binary (satisfactory or unsatisfactory) Tiers Four tiers; professional growth and development system Developed over 25 years ago Criteria Describes effective teaching and leadership; developed by organizations representing teachers and principals during the 2010 legislative session Two years (prior to 2009–10) Provisional Status Three years No existing requirement Educator Evaluation Data Evaluation data must be submitted to OSPI for all employee groups (beginning 2010–11)

17 Evaluation Components
G! RCW 28A Evaluation Component ESSB 5895 Criteria (RCW) Stays the same as E2SSB 6696 Criteria Definitions Established in Rule (WAC A) Instructional/Leadership Frameworks OSPI – Up to Three Approved Frameworks Identified in Bulletin No K–12 Education Four-Tiered System Unsatisfactory Basic Proficient Distinguished Final Summative Scoring Methodology Unsatisfactory/Satisfactory Delineation Years 1–5 between 1 and 2 Years 5+ between 2 and 3 Measures and Evidence Observation* and Student Growth* (*Required in RCW) Other Evidence related to Framework Rubrics

18 WAC Document “Close Reading” Jigsaw
RCW 28A Count off by seven to form WAC Section Groups. Group 1 Sections 040–070 Group 2 Sections 080–100 Group 3 Sections 110–140 Group 4 Sections 150–170 Group 5 Sections 180–200 Group 6 Sections 210–230 Group 7 Section 240 Each group read, discuss, and summarize your section. Each group count off by seven again and form a new group with one person from each WAC Section Group. Share your section of the WAC with your new group.

19 WAC Document and 5895 Matrix Learnings
RCW 28A What are the major learnings from the close reading of the WAC document? How do these major learnings compare with the Matrix? What additional questions has this close reading sparked?

20 Learning II: Understanding the Criteria and Framework Choices
Determine the relationship between the revised teacher and principal evaluation criteria

21 Changes in Teacher and Principal Evaluation Criteria
RCW 28A Current Teacher Evaluation Criteria New Teacher Evaluation Criteria Instructional skill Classroom management Professional preparation and scholarship Effort toward improvement when needed Handling of student discipline and attendant problems Interest in teaching pupils Knowledge of subject matter Centering instruction on high expectations for student achievement Demonstrating effective teaching practices Recognizing individual student learning needs and developing strategies to address those needs Providing clear and intentional focus on subject matter content and curriculum Fostering and managing a safe, positive learning environment Using multiple student data elements to modify instruction and improve student learning Communicating with parents and school community Exhibiting collaborative and collegial practices focus on improving instructional practice and student learning Current Principal Evaluation Criteria New Principal Evaluation Criteria Knowledge of, experience in, and training in recognizing good professional performance, capabilities, and development School administration and management School finance Interest in pupils, employees, patrons and subjects taught in school Leadership Ability and performance of evaluation of school personnel Creating a school culture that promotes the ongoing improvement of learning and teaching for students and staff Providing for school safety Leads development, implementation and evaluation of a data-driven plan for increasing student achievement, including the use of multiple student data elements Assisting instructional staff with alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessment with state and local district learning goals Monitoring, assisting, and evaluating effective instruction and assessment practices Managing both staff and fiscal resources to support student achievement and legal responsibilities Partnering with the school community to promote student learning Demonstrating commitment to closing the achievement gap

22 Exploring the Criteria: Gallery Walk
Group Work Gallery Walk for Themes Divide into 16 small groups or partners. Divide a piece of chart paper into horizontal halves and label top of the paper with focus criteria. Across the top portion, label WHAT KNOWLEDGE AND/OR SKILLS ARE NECESSARY? Across the bottom portion, label HOW WOULD YOU KNOW THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS ARE IN EVIDENCE? Post your chart paper. Gallery Walk for 10 minutes. What did you notice while engaging in this activity? What themes did you notice across all of the charts?

23 Common Themes in the Criteria
As you discussed one of the criteria and walked through the gallery of charts, what common themes do you notice across all of the criteria?

24 TPEP Criteria Themes

25 G! RCW 28A

26 Implementing Self-assess the alignment of a district’s current evaluation system with the required evaluation system reforms, and apply these results to an action plan Build awareness of the eVAL management system purpose, functions, and features

27 District Self-Assessment
Use the self-assessment on page 5 of the handout packet. Where does your district fall on a continuum of implementation for significant components of the educator evaluation system? Discuss as a district team and determine the action steps as a result of your self-assessment.

28 District Action and Communication Planning
Work with your team to complete the day action planner. What will you aim to do in your district to advance the planning and preparation of new educator evaluation systems? Communication planning can support your implementation actions. Who do you need to engage and how?

29 Background of eVAL Management System
The eVAL system is a Web-based tool designed to manage the evaluation process and documentation. Developed in partnership with the Washington Education Association, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Educational Service District 113, eVAL is: a free resource developed and refined during a year of use within the Teacher/Principal Evaluation Pilot districts personalized for each district for their instructional framework, resources, and documents voluntary for all districts, which can use as many or as few of eVAL’s features as they like (or none at all) extremely secure, with limited physical and virtual access to its servers

30 g video-walkthroughs/
What is eVAL? This four-minute video will overview the eVAL management system. This overview includes the rationale for the development of eVAL, its functions and features, the value eVAL provides to educators in Washington, and the next steps you can take to learn more about eVAL.

31 How Does Our District Get Started With eVAL?
Districts must do four things: Contact OSPI to notify TPEP office of their framework choices* Set up staff roles in EDS (see directions on our TPEP/eVAL site: Have staff log into eVAL through EDS Have either the district or school administrator assign evaluators to those they evaluate (in eVAL)

32 eVAL FAQ Is eVAL set up and ready for use now? Yes.
What are some of the first things staff might do in eVAL?  Many districts are asking staff to conduct self-assessments in eVAL as part of their introductory processes. An additional starting place may be to have staff use their self-assessment to either set goals in eVAL on their own (self-directed) or respond to goal- setting prompts created by the district, their school, or their supervisor. If principals evaluate vice principals in our district, can they use eVAL for this purpose?  Right now principals cannot evaluate vice principals in eVAL. Check the website for the latest updates. An update in mid- or late September should address this issue. I can't see all the teachers (or other staff) in eVAL. What is happening?  We do not get automatic updates from EDS, so staff must log in to eVAL through EDS for changes to take effect (this includes if staff roles change, or if they move from one school to another).

33 Reflecting

34 Whip Around and Plus/Delta Debrief
Whip Around: One significant “ah-ha moment” today Take a few minutes and create at least two sticky notes for the Plus/Delta Chart on your way out. Plus: What was a real “plus” in today’s session? What went well and should be repeated? Delta: Where is there room for improvement and change?

35 What’s Next? Module 2: Using Instructional and Leadership Frameworks in Educator Evaluation Homework Options District: Explore the eVAL setup instructions and have any follow-up conversations. District or School: Share the TPEP overview video at a faculty meeting. School or Teams: Ask all teachers and principals to review the criteria comparison chart and discuss the five themes. Individual: Watch a short video segment from the TPEP website where Gary Kipp from AWSP explains a crosswalk of the two sets of evaluation criteria.


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