ERIC Number: ED429978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Peer Assistance & Peer Review. An AFT/NEA Handbook.
National Education Association, Washington, DC.; American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
This manual assists American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and National Education Association (NEA) affiliates interested in developing peer assistance and/or peer assistance and review programs in their local sites. The first section provides the context in which these programs are developing and their importance to union efforts to increase teacher quality. The second section presents materials regarding how best to communicate what peer programs are all about in order to develop support for the program among affiliate members and with management. The third section describes the features that must be addressed in developing a peer assistance or peer assistance and review program (e.g., who is assisted, who does the assisting, how do the programs operate, and what are the legal considerations). The fourth section discusses contract language considerations as affiliates negotiate with districts to develop peer assistance and peer assistance and review programs for professional staff. The eight appendixes present AFT and NEA policy supporting peer programs; peer mentoring and/or evaluation programs; a legal analysis of the NEA Peer Assistance and Peer Review Resolution; AFT's questions and answers regarding a union's duty to fairly represent its members; legal protections for teacher employment; peer assistance and review programs: guide to contract language; Cincinnati Public Schools peer assistance and evaluation guidelines; and contract language for peer programs. (SM)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Mentors, Peer Evaluation, Program Development, Teacher Associations, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Evaluation, Teachers, Teaching Skills, Unions
American Federation of Teachers, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001-2079; Tel: 202-393-8636; Fax: 202-879-4537.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.; American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.