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ERIC Number: ED470230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 10
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Improving Student Work Linked with Professional Growth: What Synergism!
Firlik, Russ
This paper describes the establishment of a professional growth and evaluation system in Connecticut's New Canaan Public Schools. The effort included various significant opportunities for teachers to assess themselves and guide their own professional thinking and action. These opportunities resulted in richer feedback to teachers about their performance and a meaningful linkage between evaluations, professional development, and student work. The effort included well-defined opportunities for self-assessment and reflection; elements of the Connecticut Common Core of Teaching; differentiated supervision and professional development options for tenured teachers; and relevant, meaningful linkage between professional growth, evaluation, and improvement of student work. One of the major acts of commitment to this program for staff and supervisors was to establish a goal setting procedure focused on student learning. Goals had to be substantive, target increased student performance, reflect a clear link to district and school goals, and be specific and measurable. Teachers received training in how to develop and write goals based on student work to enhance instructional effectiveness. Overall, the process enriched the dialogue between teachers, district curriculum coordinators, and supervisors, heightened awareness of accomplishments, and contributed to a more meaningful and comprehensive summative evaluation. Self-reflection was essential to teacher-supervisor dialogue in formulating tentative goals. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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