The Kent (Washington) School District evaluation team — a partnership of principals, district leaders, and teachers union representatives — had been working together for seven months. The group’s task: to agree on one of three state-approved evaluation tools for the district.
With the aid of a Washington Education Association facilitator, the team adopted the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership’s 5D+™ Teacher Evaluation Rubric and an instructional framework called the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning™.
In the August 2014 issue of Learning Forward's JSD, Patty Maxfield and Sharon Williams write about how the Kent School District adopted a strengths-based stance for teacher evaluation which emphasizes growth in teacher practice. They describe how the district implemented a professional learning plan for the district's 1,400 classroom teachers, while striving to balance the learning needs of teachers, principals and district leaders.
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