Learning Sciences Marzano Center Launches as School Leadership and Teacher Evaluation Resource for New Era of Education Reform

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The new Marzano Center provides next generation tools and training for teacher evaluation and school leadership under the directorship of acclaimed education researcher Robert Marzano. The Center kicks off with a national summer conference in Orlando, Florida.

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Learning Sciences CEO Michael Toth with Executive Director Robert Marzano

We are entering a new era of teacher evaluations. The expectation is that all teachers can increase their expertise from year to year, and thereby produce gains in student achievement, with a powerful cumulative effect.

Learning Sciences International is delighted to announce the launch of the Learning Sciences Marzano Center for Teacher & Leadership Evaluation. The Marzano Center brings together the most up-to-date resources, tools, professional development, products, and services to support K-12 educators, schools, and districts as they implement teacher evaluation and principal evaluation initiatives. Under the directorship of renowned educational researcher and author Dr. Robert Marzano, in partnership with Learning Sciences, the Center empowers educators to become highly effective, life-long learners, and in doing so, to significantly impact student achievement over time.

Building Expertise:
A New Era of Teacher Development and School Leadership

A renewed focus on teacher evaluation and student achievement has revolutionized the way teachers, administrators, and the public are now thinking about K-12 learning. To fulfill its mission as a leader in educational research and development, the Marzano Center will identify, develop, and disseminate cutting-edge resources in educational best practices, offering a full slate of professional development programs and the most innovative technology platforms to support teacher and leadership evaluation and growth. The Marzano Center kicks off with a national conference this summer in Orlando, Florida: Building Expertise 2012, which will bring together educators from across the country to discuss best practices in teacher and school leader professional development and evaluation.

Says Learning Sciences CEO Michael Toth, "I believe we are witnessing a seismic shift in the direction of public education – not only in the push for fair and accurate systems of teacher evaluation, but toward platforms that will enable teachers to develop their potential to the highest degree possible. Great teachers foster great students. Great students create great communities. There can be no higher goal.”

The Marzano Center provides and fully supports both the Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model, which was adopted as the state Teacher Evaluation Model in Florida in 2011, and the new Marzano School Leadership Evaluation Model, in addition to the patented iObservation technology platform for efficient and cost-effective implementation of both models. These tested and research-based evaluation models have been developed to work together to ensure alignment of pedagogical practice and a focus on a common language of instruction.

“The model has us talking; that’s been incredibly powerful.”

That’s how Shelly Bell, principal of Elizabeth Cobb Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida, describes the impact of the Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model on her teachers.

“The lines of communication between not only myself and my other administrators, but myself and my teachers, have been opened to a point where for the first time teachers are talking about improving student instruction,” Ms. Bell says. “They’re talking about it in my office. They’re talking about it with their colleagues in the hallways. It’s not uncommon for me to walk into our planning room and have three or four teachers having lunch and talking about how they can use scales and rubrics to help with the project they’re doing.”

A Full Range of Support Programs

Marzano Center support programs include tailored one-, two-, and three-day training sessions with the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Academy for school district leaders; customized support packages for central office; seminars on inter-rater reliability; certifications in observer accuracy; and a full range of online high-quality, self-study courses that examine all aspects of the common language of instruction within the Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model.

“We are entering a new era of teacher evaluations," says Dr. Marzano. "The expectation is that all teachers can increase their expertise from year to year, and thereby produce gains in student achievement, with a powerful cumulative effect.”

For more information about services, tools, and information the Learning Sciences Marzano Center provides, visit MarzanoCenter.com, or join the conversation at Twitter @MarzanoCenter.

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