Tobin K-8 | Virtual Eval Kiosk, SY'2020-2021 
     John Holly, Director of Instruction
     Caitlin Gaffny, Teacher & BTU Representative

  Evaluation Overview/SMART Goals (DESE/BPS):
  The information referenced from the BPS and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, serves to purpose, enable and support educator evaluation in schools. The Evaluation Kiosk (at the base of this page) provides access to the BPS 5-step cycle, the EDFS web platform, the Massachusetts Appendix C. Teacher Rubric, the BPS Teacher Rubric with Suggested Teacher and Student Look-fors, the BPS Interactive rubric, and the "What to Look for" Observation Guides from the DESE. To get started, we invite educators and school leadership to access the BPS Writing SMART Goals Template, SY'2020-2021 to craft Student Learning (SL) and Professional Practice (PP) Goals.

  Evaluation Dates/Deadlines and EDFS Guides: 
  Explore the Remote Look-For Hierarchy, SY'2021: Remote Look For Hierarchy 
  The Remote Look-For Hierarchy was developed to visually show the priority and urgency of certain rubric elements to be demonstrated in an educator's practice. The lower levels are foundational teacher rubric elements that ensure equity, safety, and achievement.

  The Remote Look-For Questions by Standard offers educators opportunity to reflect on instructional and equity-related challenges with Remote learning that require evaluators to approach observation and feedback with a slightly different lens.

  Artifact Samples by Standard:
  ***Drop by this virtual event to receive support in choosing artifacts that showcase your work and in writing powerful rationales. Please fill out this form to choose your preferred session and you will be sent a Zoom link.

  Educator Webinar, Slide Deck & Video Clips (BPS/OHC): 
  Educator Evaluation Framework (DESE):
  The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted new regulations in 2011 for the evaluation of all Massachusetts educators. The regulations (overview), provided by the Massachusetts Department of Education, apply to both administrators and teachers throughout the state, are designed to:
  • Promote growth and development amongst leaders and teachers,
  • Place student learning at the center, using multiple measures of student learning, growth, and achievement,
  • Recognize excellence in teaching and leading,
  • Set a high bar for professional teaching status, and
  • Shorten timelines for improvement.
  Evaluation cycle:
  A BPS webpage titled "Supporting Effective Teaching and Leadership" references [t]he evaluation cycle comprised of 5 steps: (1) Self-Assessment, (2) Goals & Action Plans, (3) Plan Implementation (Artifacts, Observations), (4) Formative Assessment and (5) Summative Evaluation. The 5-step process is most powerful when used in alignment with school-wide improvement goals and all regulations are designed first and foremost to promote leaders' and teachers' growth and development.

In this video clip, educators and administrators discuss Step 1 of the 5-Step Evaluation Cycle in Massachusetts: the Self-Assessment. Educators and administrators reflect on the importance of a data-driven self-assessment, the use of multiple types of evidence, and the relationship between a comprehensive self-assessment and meaningful educator goals.

There are four types of evaluation plans:
1. Self-directed Growth Plan (one or two school years)
2. Developing Educator Plan (one school year)
3. Directed Growth Plan (less than one school year)
4. Improvement Plan (30 calendar days to less than one school year)

Plan selection should be based on the educator's employment status and previous rating. In some situations, the evaluator has the option to adjust the type and length of a plan. The BPS provides resources to guide plan selection including evaluation ratings.

  Commitment and Outcomes:
  The BPS is committed to ensuring that all evaluators are well-trained, and that those being evaluated understand the process because when you invest time in an educator evaluation, you:
  • promote more effective teaching and administrative leadership practices in your school, resulting in improved outcomes for students.
  • provide a great opportunity for BPS central office and school leaders to target professional development resources toward areas of need, leading to more effective support for teacher professional growth.
  • cultivate a learning culture among all members of your school community.
  • fulfill state regulations and the BPS-Boston Teachers Union (BTU) contractual requirements. | Evaluation Kiosk: