As an educator and school district leader, I am always looking for high quality staff development for my leadership team. After reading Making Evaluation Meaningful by P.J. Caposey, my beliefs regarding the administrator's role in a teacher's ability to attain excellence in their professional practice was transformed. After sharing the book with my team, I arranged for P.J. to come and present his work with us and with other administrators in the area. P.J. developed a customized program that deepened our understanding of our own practices and ways the tenets contained within his work could be applied to improve any teacher's continued growth. I would not hesitate to recommend P.J. to come to your school or district to provide a similar dynamic learning experience for your leaders.
"I had the privilege of hearing PJ speak at an IPA Admin Academy on the use of social media in schools. Not only was he knowledgeable and passionate about the topic, but his delivery left you feeling motivated and wanting more as an educator. His ability to incorporate tangible solutions provided support that I could immediately put into place. His accessibility and willingness to provide additional resources has truly been an asset to our school."
Dr. Caposey has been out to Wyoming twice to work with principals at Goshen County School District #1. Our principals appreciate is candid demeanor and the knowledge he brings to what works and what doesn’t work in schools to impact student achievement through coaching teachers, as opposed to evaluating them. As most districts, our teacher evaluation instrument focuses on so many teaching behaviors, we do not do any of them justice and it minimizes clarity in our expectations. Our principals have specifically requested that he come back in to help them bring that clarity in the evaluation process. He will be working with a team of principals and teachers to come to consensus on what this looks like in an evaluation instrument. What I appreciate most about Dr. Caposey is his willingness to share how his own failures have brought him to greater success. Taking a risk is always a part of growing as an educator.
PJ Caposey provided our teachers with an outstanding interactive workshop that left them wanting more. Some post-workshop evaluation comments will shed some light on why we wouldn't hesitate to ask him back again:
"He made me think and reflect on my teaching practices,"
"His delivery was positive, honest, and realistic,"
"He brought clarity to an often confusing topic."
"Why couldn't he have spent more time with us?"
PJ's presentation style is engaging, motivating, and thought-provoking. By the end of his workshop, we felt like he was an old friend who enjoyed our company just as much as we enjoyed his!
This school year we invited Mr. Caposey to speak to give an overview of the Danielson Model to our staff. He provided a wealth of information and helped the teachers gain a better understanding of the evaluation process and expectations. He is an outstanding presenter and I would highly recommend him to any school district looking to gain a greater knowledge of the Danielson Model."
PJ Caposey is one of the Illinois Principals Association’s most valued presenters. His personal experience as a principal provides practical insight and resources to meet the needs in schools today.
This (wa)s one of the most rewarding Admin Academies I have attended through the years. I appreciate your delivery as well as how patient you were today. I can imagine your staff really enjoys working for you and with you.