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Applying the Danielson Framework for Teaching to Specialists and Licensed Professionals. A Guided Review and Discussion. Project Goal.
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Applying the Danielson Framework for Teaching to Specialists and Licensed Professionals A Guided Review and Discussion
Project Goal • To develop educator effectiveness models that will reform the way we evaluate school professionals as well as the critical components of training and professional growth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDlaf7-JJ14&feature=related The term “educator” includes teachers, education specialists, and principals.
Educator Effectivenesshttp://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/educator_effectiveness_project/20903 3
Background • A multi-phase project that began with $800,000 Gates Foundation grant to facilitate the development of statewide policy, tools and processes to evaluate teachers and principals in which student achievement is a significant factor affecting performance ratings • PDE is closely following the work of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, recipients of a $40 million Gates Foundation grant that is more comprehensive in scope but similar in redesigning evaluation policy, tools and processes • A University of Pittsburgh researcher is conducting a qualitative analysis regarding the effectiveness of principal training and the comprehensiveness, validity, transparency, practicality, and quality of the teacher evaluation system • A third party researcher is conducting a quantitative analysis evaluating the relationships between professional practices as measured by classroom observation scores and teacher contributions to student achievement
2012-2013 Phase III Sites 293 Local Education Agencies, including School Districts, CTCs, Charter Schools and IUs 1,255 Schools 1,972 Supervisors 20,360 Teachers in PSSA tested subjects 3,771 Teachers in non-PSSA tested subjects
Who are Educational Specialists? • Educational Specialists are defined in Pennsylvania School Code with the scope of their certificates and assignments described in Certification and Staffing Polices and Guidelines (CSPGs). • Currently CSPG 75 through 81 list the following specialist certifications: • Dental Hygienist • Elementary School Counselor • Home and School Visitor • Instructional Technology Specialist • Secondary School Counselor • School Nurse • School Psychologist
What about other Licensed Professionals hired under Teacher Contracts? • Given that many LEAs hire licensed professionals under teacher contracts who are not certificated as specialists under Pennsylvania School Code, PDE has made a decision to develop revised Danielson Framework for Teaching rubrics for the following roles: • Occupational Therapist • Physical Therapist • Social Workers • Behavior Specialists
Framework Development for Specialists and Licensed Professionals • PDE recruited practitioners from across the Commonwealth and formed stakeholder workgroups to revise the Danielson Framework for Teaching to reflect their specific roles and functions. • These workgroups consisted of: • Practitioners- specialists and licensed professionals working in their respective fields in LEA’s • Representatives from State-wide professional organizations • Higher Education • PSEA representatives • IU representatives
The Stakeholder Workgroups utilized the following guiding principles • Each of the specialist (modified) rubrics must reflect and preserve the fundamental tenets of the Danielson Framework For Teaching (the official language of instruction for ALL educators across PA). • The stakeholder groups were trained by the Danielson Group in the Framework for Teaching and constructivist learning theory. • Must closely align with best-practices and national standards for the respective specialists/licensed professionals.
Next Steps: Project Initiation (Feedback Phase) (Spring 2013) • Small scale pilot of the modified rubrics • Recruitment via IU regions Mid-December to Mid January. • Online tool will be ready by December 17th • Districts will be recruited based on their participation in the Phase III implementation Review of feedback and development of professional development ( June 20th and 21st and throughout Summer, 2013) Large Scale pilot (Fall, 2013) Full-scale implementation per Act 82 (Fall, 2014)
Clarifying Questions and Feedback 1) Will Specialists/Licensed professionals utilize the same evaluation process as the Danielson Framework for Teaching? • Pre-conference (evidence collection) • Observation (evidence collection) • Post-conference (evidence collection) YES! 2) Who should evaluate specialists and licensed professionals? This is a local decision, typically, Principals, IU Supervisors, Directors of Pupil Personnel, Directors of Special Education evaluate non-teaching professional employees 3) How will participants be recruited for the small-scale pilot in the Spring of 2013? IU regions will make recommendations based on implementation and Pre-requisite background knowledge of the Danielson Framework for Teaching 4) How are Specialists and Licensed professionals going to oriented to the instrument? WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK! How should they be?
Recall the Categories: Talk with a colleague and label each bucket. Label:___ Label:___ Label:___ Label:___ 15
Domain Focus— Adapted from Danielson’s Framework for Teaching Planning and Preparation Professional Responsibilities Classroom Environment Instruction Professional responsibilities and behavior in and out of the classroom. What a teacher knows and does in preparation for teaching. All aspects of teaching that lead to a culture for learning in the classroom. What a teacher does to engage students in learning. 16
The Framework for Teaching The Framework for Teaching Charlotte Danielson 17
A Deeper Dive into the Domains Activity Identifying the Domains in Daily Practice….
The Framework for Teaching • A research-based definition of good teaching • A roadmap to, and for navigating through, the complex territory of teaching • A framework for novice-level practitioners, through accomplished teaching The Framework for Teaching Charlotte Danielson
A Peek at Customized Danielson Rubrics for… Educational Specialists and Licensed Professionals 17
Customizing Danielson: Review/respond to the rubric that matches your unique role and function
Customized Rubric Review Activity: Take 10-15 minutes and review the rubric that aligns with your unique role and function. Pay attention to what constitutes “proficient” versus other categorical ratings. ***Share your thoughts with a colleague.
Questions 1. Given your role, what is most significant about these modified rubrics?
3. What does this rubric suggest for your role and function in terms of…. a. Your practice? b. Collaboration? c. Your evaluation?
Written Reflection One Strength/Positive One Challenge
Additional Pilot Information • Updated rubrics will be provided by March 8th • Will post on Specialist Effectiveness Wiki • If possible, it is strongly recommended that 2 different evaluators are assigned to each employee.
Additional Pilot Information • Each evaluator will conduct an observation utilizing the respective employee’s modified DRAFT rubric (observation) • Each evaluator and employee will review the evidence collected (post-conference).
Additional Pilot Information • All evaluators and employees will complete a survey that will ask various questions about the instrument within the context of role and function, services and the evaluation process in general. • Evaluators will submit ratings for individual educational specialists and licensed professionals via an online data collection form.
Joe Mahoney, MSW, LSW Joe.Mahoney@iu1.org (724) 938-3241 ext. 125 Kristin Szewczyk, Ed. D./CCC-SLP, CBIS Kristin.Szewczyk@iu1.org (724) 938-3241 ext. 716 Contact Information Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett, Governor Pennsylvania Department of Education Ronald J. Tomalis, Secretary Carolyn C. Dumaresq, Ed. D., Deputy Secretary Office of Elementary and Secondary Education John J. Tommasini, Director Bureau of Special Education Patricia Hozella, Assistant Director Bureau of Special Education