How to Evaluate and Support Great Teachers
The U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top Initiative requires participating states to develop “evaluation systems for teachers and principals that (a) differentiate effectiveness using multiple rating categories that take into account data on student growth… as a significant factor.” * The move to link teacher evaluations with standardized test scores has added fuel to the already fiery national debate about how best to measure and reward teacher effectiveness.
* U.S. Department of Education. (2009, November). Race to the Top Program Executive Summary. Retrieved August 2, 2012, from U.S. Department of Education: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop/executive-summary.pdf
Join the Baltimore Curriculum Project, Loyola University Maryland School of Education, and Urbanite Magazine as we explore strategies to evaluate and support teachers including value-added measures, performance pay, and Peer Assisted Review. Panelists include Dr. Andy Hargreaves (Thomas More Brennan Chair, Lynch School of Education, Boston College), Doug Prouty (President, Montgomery County Education Association) and Dr. Robert W. Simmons III (Assistant Professor, Teacher Education Department, Loyola University Maryland). Marc Steiner, host of The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9 FM, will serve as moderator.
The forum included a pre-event reception and organization showcase from 4:00pm-5:00pm featuring Baltimore City Teaching Residency, Baltimore Education Coalition, Teach for America and Urban Teacher Center.
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Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Educational Change and leading editor of the first and second International Handbooks of Educational Change. His books have achieved outstanding writing awards from the American Educational Research Association, the American Libraries Association, the National Staff Development Council and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and are translated into many languages.
His most recent books are Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School (with Michael Fullan – Teachers’ College Press 2012), The Fourth Way (with Dennis Shirley – Corwin, 2009), and Sustainable Leadership (with Dean Fink – Wiley 2006), His current research is on high performing schools and school systems and on whole school changes that benefit students with special educational needs.
Andy has received many awards including an Honorary Doctorate from Scandinavia’s oldest university (Uppsala) and the Whitworth Award for contributions to educational research in Canada.
Doug Prouty is the President of the Montgomery County Education Association, the NEA local for Montgomery County, Maryland. He previously served as the Vice President of MCEA and as the Coordinator for the Teacher Professional Growth System for Montgomery County Public Schools. In this capacity, he was responsible for the implementation, monitoring, and improvement of the evaluation and support system for the 12,000 members of MCEA. Prior to holding these titles, he was the English Resource Teacher at Walter Johnson HS in Bethesda, Maryland. He received an A.B. from Dartmouth College as well as a M.A. and B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Robert W. Simmons III is an assistant professor in the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland, a member of the nationally recognized social justice collaborative Edchange (edchange.com), and a columnist for the The Village Celebration (www.thevillagecelebration.com) — recently nominated for its significant contributions to the African American community by the National Association of Black Journalists. A former middle school math/science teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, Robert was nominated twice as the Walt Disney National Teacher of the Year and once for the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Foundation Outstanding Educator Award. Robert has been a fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation and participated in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund.
As a contributing author to the highly acclaimed books, White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms: A Guide to Building Inclusive Schools, Promoting High Expectations, and Eliminating Racism (2006), and White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms: Creating Inclusive Schools, Building on Students’ Diversity, and Providing True Educational Equity (2011), much of his work explores the experiences of African American boys in public and Jesuit schools, the teaching practices of African American male teachers in urban and suburban schools, urban education, and the role of race in understanding the social context of schooling.
Marc Steiner has hosted the widely acclaimed public radio news and interview program, “The Marc Steiner Show” since the show was launched on WJHU in 1993. In 2001 when WJHU came up for sale, Steiner led the movement to maintain community ownership of the station, playing an integral role in the founding of WYPR. He served as Executive Vice President of WYPR from February 2002 through August of 2005. Since May 2008, The Marc Steiner Show has aired on WEAA 88.9 FM, the NPR member station at Morgan State University.