Teacher Evaluation as a Growth Process

by Dianna Whitlock Ed.D.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/17/2020

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 122
ISBN : 9781728361390
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 122
ISBN : 9781728361406

About the Book

While this book focuses on evaluation of teachers, it is actually a book about fostering professional growth and improvement. In our writings, we provide support for teacher evaluation as a growth exercise, and show how creating a feedback rich culture in a school nurtures this process. The underlying theme is that evaluation data be utilized to drive professional development and growth, leading to reduction of teacher attrition and improved learning for students. At the heart of this feedback rich culture is the observation and evaluation process. For evaluation to be an exercise in professional growth, data must be collected and reviewed with the teacher so the administrator can provide support with transparency. This culture also places an urgency on the teacher evaluation process that has been historically absent. We include practical tips for creating this culture and maximizing opportunities for feedback, and examine traditional methods of evaluation and why these fell short in giving meaningful feedback to teachers. We will share innovative trends in teacher evaluation, and how these can be utilized to drive teacher growth, ultimately leading to improved student achievement. As our nation faces a teacher shortage and increasing teacher attrition rate, it is more vital than ever to retain and develop those currently practicing in the classroom. We highlight a research study by the author of teachers who have been evaluated consistently over a three-year period. This is more than a how to book, with a list of how to best implement the teacher evaluation process in your school. Instead, it is a how book, with best practices from experienced administrators and research from experts in the field such as Charlotte Danielson, Harvey Silver, and Robert Marzano, to guide educators to make informed decisions about implementing and improving their evaluation processes to meet their district's needs.

About the Author

Dr. Dianna Whitlock is currently the Vice President of Higher Education Initiatives at Standard For Success, an Indiana firm that helps schools build effective teacher evaluation programs from the ground up with their teacher evaluation solution. She received her doctorate in educational leadership with a concentration in early childhood services in rural areas and has worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and professor for teacher preparation programming. A lifelong learner and graduate of both Indiana State University and Oakland City University in Indiana, Dianna enjoys helping others grow professionally. She has a passion for working with teachers and administrators to foster professional growth and development. Her latest initiative extends this philosophy to institutions of higher education, supporting faculty to track growth and provide feedback for teacher candidates. She has presented at both state and national conferences to administrators on the topics of providing a feedback rich culture in schools and how to utilize evaluation data to drive professional growth. Dr. Whitlock lives in Indiana with her husband Todd. She has three grown children and two grandchildren.