School Improvement Innovation Summit Highlights How to Effectively Implement Teacher Evaluation Tools

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As effective teacher evaluations become more pertinent to schools, School Improvement Network provides relevant solutions.

School Improvement Network is excited to highlight another key topic at the First Annual School Improvement Innovation Summit July 11-13 in Salt Lake City—teacher evaluation.

Required teacher evaluations sometimes appear to be removed from learning, and can be intimidating. However, done correctly, evaluations can be an opportunity to help teachers improve their craft and impact student learning. Effective evaluations inform administrators and the teacher of what he or she is doing well, and where that teacher can improve. In addition, both federal and state governments are working feverously to enact teacher evaluation reform and standards.

Effective teacher evaluation plans:

  •     Define the term ‘highly qualified teacher’
  •     Help teachers identify improvement needs
  •     Create individualized plans for improvement
  •     Incorporate student learning outcomes by measuring student improvement
  •     Create professional accountability by implementing career ladders
  •     Provide quality training for evaluators
  •     Involve all stakeholders in the design of the evaluation

Mary Esselman, Executive Director of Assessment and Professional Development at Kansas City Schools will lead a session titled Issues and Solutions for Teacher Evaluation. Esselman was part of the team that successfully reformed the Kansas City Schools. This session will demonstrate the steps Esselman took to implement an effective teacher evaluation system in Kansas City. She will provide timely insights on how to incorporate effective teacher evaluation in district-wide school improvement plans.

Jill Gildea from the Fremont School District in Illinois will lead a hands-on learning session that will provide a step-by-step guide in developing a performance-based administrative evaluation tool. Participants will leave the conference with an administrator performance indicator matrix customized for their district that is aligned to the Performance Evaluation Reform Act of 2010.

In a separate session, Esselman and Gildea will join with successful district leaders from around the country for a panel discussion discussing solutions to the important issues surrounding teacher evaluations.

A session not to be missed will be the live demonstration, including hands-on practice, of Observation 360. Participants will learn how to use Observation 360 to perform effective classroom observations and walkthroughs and then most importantly, how to electronically incorporate what they observe into individualized teacher learning plans through PD 360.

At the School Improvement Innovation Summit participants will also hear from top education experts and receive vital information on many other current education topics. Plus, they will have the unique opportunity to learn and explore all the new features on the soon to be released PD 360 5.0 and engage in hands-on sessions for all these School Improvement Network solutions: PD 360, Observation 360, Learning 360 Framework, and Equity 360.

About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, research-based professional development anytime, anywhere. As the home of The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, and the Learning 360 Framework, School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. The School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,000 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at

About PD 360 • Practical, Scalable, Measurable
PD 360 is the multi-award winning, leading online, on-demand professional learning resource for schools and districts.

With 1,400 videos on 97 topics from 120 experts, PD 360 has the largest online community of educators, with over 700,000 subscribers. The innovative PD 360 videos are unique and class-leading because of the quality of production, and each is research-based with classroom examples of best practices. The videos are also relatively short in nature (about 6-12 minutes) allowing educators access to “snack-able” content that is easy and accessible to view and implement.

Teachers, administrators, professional learning communities, coaches, mentors, instructional leaders, and paraprofessionals have available at their fingertips hundreds of indexed and searchable video segments that present real, best-practice classroom examples and feature respected education experts, such as Michael Fullan, Rick DuFour, Doug Reeves, Rick Stiggins, and many others. Educators can instantly find the help they need on nearly every topic, including differentiation, assessment, English language learners, leadership, and more. PD 360 can also be used to create a structured learning experience for an individual teacher, a PLC, or even an entire school. PD 360 bridges the gap between training and classroom implementation with job-embedded follow-up, tracking, and reflection tools. PD 360 gives educators access to an online community of teaching professionals that allows interaction and collaboration either within a district or across the United States and the world. PD 360 includes over 1,400 research-based video learning segments and is the most comprehensive web-based library of professional development resources available. See a demonstration at

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