Wednesday, March 10, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
WASHINGTON D.C. – The inadequacy of teacher evaluation systems has received a great deal of recent attention. Many districts have systems that don’t give teachers useful feedback, don’t differentiate among teachers, and give very few teachers unsatisfactory ratings. States and districts also fail to use the information from teacher evaluation systems to make important decisions about teachers’ careers, such as whether to award tenure, how to compensate teachers, and what career advancement opportunities are appropriate.
A number of states and districts are rethinking their evaluation practices, prompted in part by the Obama administration’s focus on teacher effectiveness within a number of federal education programs. Join our expert panelists tomorrow, March 10 at 9:00 a.m. for a dynamic conversation about what a new generation of systems could look like and how state and local policy might support their development.
Three new papers from the Center for American Progress will inform the discussion-one presents original research on teacher evaluation practices within three high-performing charter management organizations, the second outlines how states and districts could do a better job of recognizing and acting upon differences in teacher effectiveness, and the third discusses the barriers to dismissing chronically ineffective teachers and offers policy recommendations to support a better system of performance management.
John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress
Senator Michael Bennet
Elizabeth Arons, Senior Human Resources Policy Advisor, New York City Public Schools and the Gates Foundation
Jessica Cunningham, Principal, KIPP DC: WILL Academy
Morgaen Donaldson, Assistant Professor, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
Heather Peske, National Director of Programs, Teach Plus
Kim Ursetta, Kindergarten ELA-S (bilingual) Teacher, Mathematics and Science Leadership Academy, Denver Public Schools
Robin Chait, Associate Director for Teacher Quality, Center for American Progress
Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m.
If you are a member of the press and would like to attend this event, please contact Suzi Emmerling at email@example.com or 202-481-8224.
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