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Is your school's teacher evaluation system focused on teacher support or teacher dismissal?

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Given today's high accountability standards enormous pressure is placed on school leaders to produce high levels of student achievement. School leaders know that the most critical tool available to them to meet these lofty goals are their classroom teachers. School leaders with a negative orientation toward teacher evaluation typically focus on pointing out the negatives they've observed and issuing mandates for improvement or dismissal. On the other hand school leaders who develop a positive orientation toward using teacher evaluation as a teacher support mechanism are making the strides necessary to meet their student achievement goals and teacher satisfaction goals. These leaders develop teacher support systems for both new and veteran teachers alike. Central components to teacher support include:

  • orientation process,
  • induction and mentoring process,
  • inclusion in decision-making processes,
  • and staff appreciation activities

How do you rate your school in regards to teacher support? 


Michael Eskridge, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Advance Innovative Education

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