Instructional Leadership in Action

Learning side by side: Teachers and principals work together to strengthen instruction

by Patty Maxfield on Aug 1, 2014

Learning side by sideThe 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. 

Read the article.

Used with permission of Learning Forward, www.learningforward.org. All rights reserved.

About the author: Patty Maxfield

Dr. Patty Maxfield supports school and district partnerships focused on building leadership capacity and instructional expertise. She is a strong advocate of using evaluation practices as a formative process and employing instructional practice data to inform the development and implementation of professional development. Patty has been involved with public education for more than 35 years as a teacher, teacher leader, facilitator and administrator. Her passion is continually enhancing instructional practice to develop democratic, thinking-based learning for students and teachers. Patty received her Ed.D. degree from the University of Washington's College of Education and her master’s degree in education administration from Western Washington University.

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