For teacher observations and evaluations to have a meaningful impact on both the educator’s professional growth and the students they teach, observers must be able to focus on what is happening in the classroom.
Salt Lake City (PRWEB) August 22, 2013
School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness and teacher observation resources, today announced the release of Evidence 360, a new scripting tool that enables observers to take notes in real time about what is happening in the classroom during teacher observations. As part of Observation 360, this tool will enable observers the ability to focus teacher observations and evaluations on what teachers are doing, rather than filling in a rubric or set of standards.
“For teacher observations and evaluations to have a meaningful impact on both the educator’s professional growth and the students they teach, observers must be able to focus on what is happening in the classroom,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Evidence 360 enables the observer to focus completely on the effectiveness of each teacher, and therefore enables a more accurate teacher observation by grounding the results in what the teacher is doing and how their efforts impact a student’s preparation towards college and career.”
The Evidence 360 scripting tool allows observers to take real-time notes during teacher observations instead of filling in numbers or check boxes on a rubric. As they take notes, each time the observer hits “enter,” Evidence 360 timestamps the previous comment, giving detailed notes of what happened in the classroom during the teacher observation. Afterward, the observer can review these notes in light of the rubric or framework and score the teacher, rather than trying to grade educators during the observation.
This scripting feature also enables more accurate teacher observations by giving observers more time to review a teacher’s performance than they would have assigning a grade as the teacher is teaching.
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Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent decades researching and documenting the best practices in education. From this research, School Improvement Network has developed the Educator Effectiveness System for both school leadership and teachers. This system delivers a process to improve teacher practice, and gives educators a set of powerful tools to drive the process. Research shows that districts and schools that use the tools in the Educator Effectiveness System increase educator effectiveness and, as a result, experience dramatic increases in student achievement, driving up student proficiency by as much as 19 percent in a single year. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world, has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com/.
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