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with Amy Cherry

Teacher evaluations: What works and what doesn't

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The Hope Street Group has debuted a free online teacher evaluation playbook.

The resource draws from real-life experiences, explains Dan Cruce, Vice President of Education for the Hope Street Group.

Dan Cruce: "The best practices in states that are undertaking teacher evaluation reform work can learn from what well and what didn't, and maybe not take some of the turns that some folks in Delaware or Tennessee took."

Cruce says there's a handful of fundamental planning steps that can make or break a state or district when it comes to implementing a teacher evaluation program. The first being communication -- and not just from higher ups.

Cruce: "For states to really look at having those peer advocates at the local level, and even in the building that are doing that communication. They know each other, and I think that just instill more trust in the process."

He says the playbook can be used by states just starting out and by states who are two years into the process.

Because he explains, teacher evaluation reform is about doing things with teachers not TO teachers.

Cruce: "It's really about creating opportunities for teachers to be a part of the process and for their voice to be a part of the process."

To check out the playbook by visiting the Hope Street Group.

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