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28 Apr Making Teacher Evaluations a Learning Tool

By Erinn Dougherty, Bourgade Catholic High School

Make the planned and unplanned observation and evaluation experience a meaningful learning opportunity for teachers. The session will focus on tips to maximize the process for teacher growth as well organizational tips to increase administrator efficacy and time-management in walk-through and unplanned observation.

Evaluations can be more than a hoop to jump through – they can be a rapport building experience

Get organized!

There are many tips and tricks to allow for flexible scheduling so that all teachers, new and veterans, are getting regular feedback to improve their practice. From developing walk-through forms, aligning unannounced observations to the evaluation rubric, and ensuring that professional development addresses the rubric domains—there are many strategies to communicate feedback with your teachers within and outside the formal evaluation.

Making walk-through observations matter

How electronic documentation of quick walk-through observations can support your site’s evaluation plan. Work smarter not harder by creating checklists on the go in portable formats.

Using cognitive coaching strategies

Learn to guide teachers in giving themselves the valuable feedback they need to get to their next level of professional practice through cognitive coaching tips. Teachers will value the feedback that they can verbalize and own in their personal lexicon.

Read other blogs from our conferences and summits!

Erinn Dougherty

Erinn left public school administration to join the Teaching and Learning Innovation Team at Bourgade Catholic High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Her responsibilities include accreditation chair, new teacher induction, teacher evaluation, teacher coaching, professional development, and English Advanced Placement/pre-Advanced Placement instruction of 3 courses. Erinn is on faculty at several universities in graduate colleges of education. Her areas of expertise are differentiation of instruction, Depth of Knowledge, Structured English Immersion, adult education and coaching, pedagogy and andragogy, curriculum supervision, Response to Intervention, PARCC/SBAC assessments, daily instruction skills, and implementation. In addition to her work in the Diocese of Phoenix, Erinn is also the managing partner at the Dougherty Group.

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