we have a unique opportunity here in New York City to redirect both the conversation and the policy away from a counterproductive, punitive mindset and toward a system built on educational best practices that support educators. I don’t think I could overstate how important this opportunity is or how crucial it is for the future of our children that we get it right.
We fought hard to include an observation tool that actually looks at what we do when we teach instead of some checklist designed by a bunch of lawyers. The pilot uses Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching for observations, and the Danielson rubric drills down into everything we do as teachers. It can help foster the conversation about instruction that should be at the heart of the evaluation process. Using it also means administrators can no longer justify a bad evaluation by simply saying “it was my educational judgment.” They must substantiate specific critiques of relevant components of instruction.
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