Evaluating teachers is one of the most important jobs as a school leader, but often it can feel scary, overwhelming and time-consuming for everyone involved. A couple of years into doing observations and evaluations, I began to see this process differently: to ensure a successful school year, I had to make sure my team was ready. How better to do that than evaluations?
Teacher certification in Michigan just got some upgrades. Public Act 173 of 2015, the new educator evaluation law links Michigan teacher certificate renewal and progression to evaluation data for the most recent five-year period. So, how does this new law and change impact teachers?
If you Google “unstandardized rubric” you can nearly make the second page of results before you see a headline that doesn’t include the word “standardized” in it. So what exactly is an unstandardized rubric? It’s intentional. It’s flexible. It’s reflective of the exact focus of your building. It’s a meaningful tool that helps to create a common language for collaboration.
It is important that every observation is based on a rubric that clearly articulates expectations and depicts what it looks like when those expectations are achieved at various levels. The challenge for instructional coaches is in building a rubric that can easily be completed within a short observation window and one that can provide information for meaningful dialogue around areas for improvement. An effective rubric should guide conversation and inspire new approaches.