NETWORK FOR EDUCATOR EFFECTIVENESS University of Missouri Web-Based Teacher Evaluation System
Why join the Network? • To promote growth through: • Common definitions of effective teaching • Collaboration, support, and unity • Meaningful and specific feedback • Aligned and data-driven professional development
What does NEE mean for Administrators? • Initial and ongoing training/certification • Commitment to being in classrooms • Conversations about instruction • Better-informed decisions to support learning
What does NEE mean for Teachers? • Increased focus on instruction • Stronger connections between personal professional development and district/building goals • Meaningful feedback from administrators • Less subjectivity in evaluation processes and results • Less “pen-and-paper” work • Easy access to your secure data and scores
What should the NEE teacher expect? • Multiple Classroom Observations • How do your students learn every day? • One Unit of Instruction • How do you use and grow curriculum? • One Professional Development Plan • How do you grow and improve? • Student Surveys • How do students perceive your teaching?
What does NEE mean for Students? • Greater engagement in teaching and learning • Tighter connections between classroom experience and district/building goals • Consistent expectations for instructional quality • Teachers informed by research, measured using research-based standards/indicators
NEE • “NEE has provided our administrative team with a program, training, and support to have the best conversations and feedback with teachers in my 23 years in education.” • Randy Luebbert, PrincipalWarsaw High School
NEE • “I have never seen teachers and administrators working so hard on substantive issues that will improve the learning experience. We examined several options, the state model, building our own, and adopting NEE. It was a hard decision and I know we made the very best one we could for our district." • Dr. Chris Neale, Superintendent Gasconade R-I School District
NEE • “Lifelong learning and instructional effectiveness are priorities of the NEE evaluation system. The Knob Noster R-VIII School District’s steadfast commitment to provide high quality learning opportunities for students and staff remains a district priority. The core value to ‘be the best we can be for our students’ continues to serve as the foundation that drives our reputation of academic excellence.” • Dr. KristeeLorenz, Assistant Superintendent Knob Noster R-VIII School District
NEE • “When I go into a classroom to observe learning, I have confidence that my evaluation is accurate based on my training and the rubrics provided by NEE. While meeting with the teachers about their evaluation, ways of improving are not only discussed between the teacher and principal, but resources are provided by NEE on how to improve in that specific indicator.” • Kurtis Jensen, Middle School Principal Lathrop R-II School District
Classroom Observation • Moves away from once in a while feedback to every teacher, every year, 6-8 times a year, unannounced short drop-ins, and focused on specific indicators.
Professional Development Plan (PDP) • Individualized data driven professional development focused of personal growth areas and supported by an online library of professional growth modules.
Unit of Instruction (UOI) • Demonstrates the ability to select essential learning outcomes and develop a research based curricular unit around an approved curriculum.
Student Survey • The system has the ability to generate a student survey which can be administered to students to measure perceptual data on teacher effectiveness of the priority teaching indicators. • For students 4th grade and above with a minimum sample size of 20 students or more.
Student Performance • Like everyone else, we’re waiting for policy makers and regulators to define exactly what this means but are ready to implement when necessary.
What about Student Performance? • NEE does not set or use “cut off” scores, percentage weighting, etc. • Student Evidence data will reflect/demonstrate growth • Data will reflect District-level decisions • Data will come to NEE from DESE • Student Evidence measurement is a federal and state compliance requirement • Uncertain federal/state timeline for this data
What about the privacy of teacher data? • Password protected • Secure and separate servers • All data belongs to the district • No access to NEE-held data by any other school, district, or outside group, for any reason • No NEE transfer of data to Mo-DESE or to U.S. D.o.E.
What about the research? Among others: • Marzanoand Hattie for Classroom Observations • Danielson for Professional Development • Wiggins for Unit of Instruction • METS (Gates) for Student Survey • Kim Marshall of Boston College • Laura Gough of Vanderbilt
Classroom Observations • More frequent • 8-10 times per year • Shorter • About ten minutes on average • More consistent • Rubric-based • Research-based • More immediate/focused feedback • Focused on measuring a small number of indicators
Units of Instruction • Connecting written curriculum to actual teaching • Supporting instructional design that promotes growth in student learning • Encouraging teachers to change instruction in response to data/information • One UoI per year • Evidences of current practice • Web-based convenience; no pen-and-paper • Template-organized; rubric-evaluated
Professional Development Plans • Seeking teacher improvement that helps students grow • A sequence of activities that support personal goals • Increasing alignment between personal growth goals and district/building goals • Informed by data • Supporting a yearlong conversation about professional growth • Template-organized; rubric evaluated
Student Surveys • Measures student perceptions of effective teaching indicators • Highest and lowest scores removed • Valid and reliable • Research-confirmed (95%+ reliable) • Provides additional source for multiple-measure accuracy of summative evaluation • Administered online
There’s a reason … • We’ve grown from 22, to 33, to over 180 districts in three years • Our mission is increased student achievement through improved teacher professional development • We a teacher growth system, not a “got’cha” system!
What Separates Us From Other Models? • Web-based tool • Supported by the research and staff resources of the University of Missouri • Immediate feedback and support for teachers • Field support staff across the state solely dedicated to NEE
What Separates Us From Other Models? • Reliable results by achieving Inter-rater Reliability through qualifying evaluators to use the tool within a very high degree of accuracy, so that results are consistent. • Embedded, aligned, specific Professional Development resources unique to each teacher’s level of performance, and these can be accessed online • Rubrics that distinguish between whether human behavior (teaching) or artifacts (documents) are being measured • Includes the option of an online Student Survey tool
What Separates Us from Other Models • Summative Performance report places teacher performance in context of the standards, and peer performance in the same building, in the same district, and in the NEE districts (currently approximately 25,000 teachers) statewide • NEE measures the same Missouri Teaching Standards and Indicators as DESE’s tool, however NEE measures 38 indicators
Coaching … not catching! • Designed to grow teachers and evaluators through reliable feedback, professional development, and conversations about what really matters in Missouri schools … learning!