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Let’s Change the Conversation Surrounding Evaluation

Let’s Change the Conversation Surrounding Evaluation

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In the past few weeks I have been honored and privileged to be interviewed by Justin Baeder, Jason Leahy, and Randy Ziegenfuss to discuss Making Evaluation Meaningful. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss my views and philosophies regarding evaluation and to (of course) promote my book. What I found amazing is that every time I am able to engage in deep conversation regarding this topic - one that I just spent months of my life writing about - I still learn and grow from the conversation. So, if you - like me - want to change the stigma, stress, and ineffectiveness of the teacher evaluation process - give these podcasts and/or interviews a listen when you have time. http://www.tltalkradio.org/season-4-episode-4-making-evaluation-meaningful-with-pj-caposey-podcast/ https://www.principalcenter.com/pj-caposey-making-evaluation-meaningful-transforming-conversation-transform-schools/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4wCT_1mXv8&sns=tw
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Industry Leaders Comment on Making Evaluation Meaningful

Industry Leaders Comment on Making Evaluation Meaningful

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Making Evaluation Meaningful   Re-evaluate your perspective on teacher evaluation to truly transform school performance! The tools, strategies, and reflections in this book provide realistic solutions to the problem faced by many schools: meaningless evaluation. A considerable amount of time, energy, and money is spent on the teacher evaluation process, yet the question remains whether it is truly transforming the learning of teachers and, therefore, students. This practical guide shows how evaluation can become the tie that binds all school improvement activities together to: Bring clarity and purpose to all educators making their roles more effective Improve teacher practice since they receive better support Increase student achievement and overall school culture     "For years, building leaders have been agonizing over teacher evaluations, pouring countless hours into a practice that…
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Interview with Larry Ferlazzo about Making Evaluation Meaningful

Interview with Larry Ferlazzo about Making Evaluation Meaningful

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PJ Caposey agreed to answer a few questions about his new book, Making Evaluation Meaningful: Transforming the Conversation to Transform Schools. Dr. PJ Caposey is an award-winning principal and superintendent who is an expert in teacher evaluation, school culture, personalized learning, and student voice. Find him on Twitter and Instagram @MCUSDSupe. LF: You talk about the importance of giving teachers feedback using a "why, how, what" formula. This seems to me to be a good strategy for teachers' giving student feedback, too.  Can you talk about this method, including an example or two? PJ Caposey: I stole this as my preferred method of communication from Simon Sinek's Ted Talk and I attempt to route all of my communication this way. I focus on the relevancy of the message first and then work…
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‘Irregardless’

‘Irregardless’

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(Amended re-post from 2 years ago) Please, for me, just stop. I realize we all have pet peeves, but there are some popularized phrases right now that are driving me crazy. Maybe it is me - maybe they were always popular. Maybe it is my issue - but over the past few weeks a handful of sayings are really driving me crazy. So, here are my Top 5 words and phrases we should cease using immediately. 5) No problem Think about it – do you ever answer ‘No problem’ to something that you really want to do? Of course not, seemingly nobody does. No problem is the default answer to someone who asks you to do something you do not want to do, but is only going to be a…
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Divergence

Divergence

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Rhee Vs. Ravitch – Why not Both? I wrote the following blog four years ago – so assuredly the data on Twitter followers has since changed. However, the premise still exists. I saw a ‘news’ headline that noted Katy Perry (Democratic supporter in the past) follows Ivanka Trump on Twitter as if this were noteworthy. Not only is it not news – but it illustrates the exact point I was trying to make several years ago. We are far too unwilling to accept and intentionally seek out opposing viewpoints. Apparently, we collectively do so at such a minute clip that when someone does – it is ‘newsworthy’   Michelle Rhee and Diane Ravitch are two very outspoken, passionate, and popular voices on the state of education in the United States.…
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The Power of Vulnerability

The Power of Vulnerability

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I require each of my administrators to administer a 360 survey as a component of their evaluation process each year. Every time this portion of the year rolls around they are quick to express the dread this process causes. After the surveys are sent out and data collected, the results come back overwhelmingly positive with 90+ percent of their faculty and staff strongly supporting the efforts of the principal. Not surprisingly, those pieces of data are largely ignored. The negative feedback, which ranges from blunt to constructive to downright mean, is typically all my leaders can focus on. Tears come. Rationalization is right behind. And anger is usually a quick third. My advice is always to understand that each bit of criticism brings forward (at least) a nugget of truth…
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What ails rural schools

What ails rural schools

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As first seen in EdWeek Teacher in a blog series hosted by Larry Ferlazzo . . . Whether you subscribe to the ranking systems of schools put forth by outside entities or not, for the sake of this blog I encourage you to indulge me. Of the Top 60 schools in my state (Illinois) as ranked by US News and World Report, only one school could be considered rural, and it is certainly not poor and boasts a teacher: student ratio of 1:13. My steadfast belief is that students in rural areas are not inherently any less academically talented than their peers, so how could such discord between achievement levels of students in urban, suburban, and rural districts exist? I think there is only one possible answer - inequity. I…
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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

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My favorite teacher is a man named Colin Hopper. He was an Abe Lincoln doppelganger who had a passion for history. He single-handedly turned my least favorite subject as a 10th grader into my future profession. He would encourage debate, treat teenagers like adults, and force me to think. I would leave his class so fired up sometimes the entire lunch conversation was about the debate in History class. Man, could that guy teach. He taught me to love learning. More importantly, he taught me to love thinking. A close second for me was Ronald Sawin. I was a student who did not need much help to do well in school. At a time in my life when I did need help, Mr. Sawin was there. He gave of himself…
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