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ERIC Number: EJ1046820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Turn on the Light: Observation Tool Connects Teacher Practice with Student Learning
Renfro, Lori
Journal of Staff Development, v35 n6 p30-34 Dec 2014
The Alhambra district, along with 11 other districts in Maricopa County, have forged an alliance to implement a performance-based evaluation system that supports teachers in attaining, maintaining, and enhancing core competencies aligned to a common vision of instructional improvement. At the heart of the system is the Learning Observation Instrument, co-developed by Maricopa County Education Service Agency and six Maricopa County school districts as part of the Rewarding Excellence in Instruction and Leadership initiative funded by a U.S. Department of Education Teacher Incentive Fund grant. Teachers in these school districts participate in four to five observation cycles over the course of a school year and engage in professional learning focused on the Learning Observation Instrument. After four years, the districts have surpassed state requirements for teacher evaluation processes and procedures in order to reduce the gap between professional learning goals and student outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona
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