Don't let your senators go on vacation! Take time during the August recess to ask your senators to become cosponsors of S.1063, the Effective Teaching and Leading Act. This important bill supports induction and mentoring programs and enhances ongoing professional development for teachers and school leaders.
The more cosponsors and support the bill has, the more likely it is to be added to the Senate's Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bill when it’s considered on the Senate floor.
Join Donald Kachur, author of the new ASCD book Engaging Teachers in Classroom Walkthroughs, in a free webinar on learning how to plan and implement an engaging form of embedded professional development in which teachers are actively involved as observers of peers in classroom walk-throughs.
No student, teacher, or school's performance should be determined using a single measure. As Congress attempts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), it has the opportunity to fix the currently exclusive emphasis on state assessments as the sole means of measuring student performance and school quality.
Post written by Robert J. Marzano and Michael D. Toth
In Teacher Evaluation That Makes a Difference, our recommendations for best practices are based on the assumption that teacher evaluation should have two purposes—development and measurement—but that development should be the more important of the two. If districts and schools share this perspective, then they must provide teachers with direct support in their efforts to improve.
The Effective Teaching and Leading Act (S. 1063) was recently introduced by United States Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), and we need your help in getting your Senators to support it! The bill would help ensure that teachers and principals are effectively trained, mentored, developed, and evaluated through proven, team-based professional development strategies.
Across the globe, nations, districts, schools, and individuals face a timely and complex issue: How do we define and measure teacher and principal effectiveness?
Is there a definitive answer to this challenging question? We're not sure, but since January, ASCD has convened the ASCD Forum to focus educator conversation and insight on this important topic. From now through April 12, ASCD is seeking feedback on the following questions:
How do we define and measure teacher effectiveness?
How do we define and measure principal effectiveness?