How to Get Teacher Evaluations Right with Linda Darling-Hammond


Speaker: Linda Darling-Hammond


Webinar Description

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Do you sometimes blame yourself for what’s wrong with teacher evaluations?  Do you often think that if only you did something differently or better, teacher evaluations would be more useful, more productive, less awkward?

Join Linda Darling Hammond, world-renowned expert on teacher evaluations and author of Getting Teacher Evaluations Right, for a 90-minute webinar that will broaden your perspective on what makes teacher evaluations effective. Linda will discuss what we know about evaluation policies and practices that motivate teacher learning and school improvement, and that guide educational leaders in making the best personnel decisions.

The last few years have seen a flurry of change and innovation in teacher evaluations and no one is more qualified than Linda to weigh in on the research base. Now is a good time to take stock of the many lessons learned from states and districts that developed new teacher policies and practices in response to incentives under the Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind state waivers.

Webinar Topics:

  • How to define good teaching , from the novice to expert
  • Collecting a range of evidence that simultaneously considers teacher practice, student learning and professional contributions
  • Evaluation is only as good as the evaluators:  Training your team to give productive feedback and to support teacher learning
  • Professional learning action steps–connecting evaluations to teachers’ goals and needs with opportunities for peer collaboration, observation, and coaching
  • How to get teacher input and buy-in–it starts with standards and criteria
  • Mentoring of teachers by expert peers identified by evaluation process
  • Oversight of teacher evaluations–avoiding grievances and litigation and keeping process fair and effective

About the Speaker

Linda Darling-Hammond

Linda Darling-Hammond is president of the Learning Policy Institute, and Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University . She also serves as  faculty director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. Linda is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Linda’s research and policy work focus on issues of educational equity, teaching quality, and school reform. She has advised school leaders and policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. In 2008, she served as director of President Obama’s education policy transition team. Her book, The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity will Determine our Future, received the coveted Grawemeyer Award in 2012. Among her most recent books are Getting Teacher Evaluation Right: What Really Matters for Effectiveness and Improvement (2013) and Beyond the Bubble Test: How Performance Assessments Support 21st Century Learning (2014).


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