As you know, beginning this fall, all Pennsylvania teachers will be evaluated annually, in accord with the Danielson Framework for Effective Teaching. This will be a new experience for all of us. As with all things new, we will go slow, expect mistakes, and work together to improve our process. The ultimate aim of our efforts is to enable all of us to improve our professional practice.
Every district teacher will be evaluated in accord with one of three evaluation models. Generally, teachers will rotate through the three models over the course of a three year period. The details of each of these models will be documented in the district Differentiated Supervision Plan, which is currently being developed. A significant focus of our Opening In-Service days will be to present this plan to you, and to explain the details of each of the three models.
Regardless of the model through which you are evaluated next year, the Danielson Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument provides the standards against which you will be evaluated. The Framework is divided into four domains, which are the same domains that appear on the observation/evaluation forms that we have used in past years. The Framework further provides rubrics that quantify the expectations to be met for each of four performance categories: Distinguished, Proficient, Needs Improvement and Failing.
The framework document is read-only, and is posted here for educational purposes. Feel free to consult it at any time by clicking on the link above. If you should have any questions as you do so, feel free to send them to me. I'll be sure to answer them for you and to be sure that we address them in our Opening In-Service day presentations.
Have a wonderful, refreshing and relaxing summer!