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Educator Evaluation

Online Calibration Training Tool

"One of the benefits of having a consistent focus on building evaluator skill over time has been that when we get together and practice our observational skills, there's a stark difference between where we were when we started and where we are now."
—Mike Morris, Assistant Superintendent, Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools

Every educator deserves high-quality, timely, and actionable feedback to support continuous improvement. The Online Calibration Training Tool is an easy-to-use resource to help districts and educator preparation programs cultivate a shared understanding of effective practice and high quality written feedback. Download a brief overview of the tool.

Through the Online Calibration Training Tool, educators watch videos of classroom instruction from ESE's Calibration Video Library tagged to specific elements from the Model Classroom Teacher Rubric Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document. Using an online form, participants assess the teacher's practice based on evidence from the video and provide written feedback. Real-time data displays allow participants to calibrate their assessments of practice and written feedback with one another, as well with educators throughout the state.

Districts and educator preparation organizations are using the Online Calibration Training Tool for:

  • Team calibration on high-priority elements of practice (including the Six Essential Elements from the Candidate Assessment of Performance),
  • Cross-role calibration to develop a shared understanding of practice across educators, and/or
  • Joint training between a district and teacher preparation program to define common expectations of practice.

Have you used the Online Calibration Training Tool? Share feedback on your experience by completing this brief survey!

Using the Online Calibration Training Tool

Simply select a video from the list below and download the corresponding Workshop Guide to get started!

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TIP: Be strategic! Select a video tagged to high-priority elements for your district or organization, or select a video based on content area or grade-level.
GradeVideo Element 1Element 2Workshop Guide
22nd Grade Retelling and Comparing Two StoriesDownload Video FileDownload Video File
size: 189 MB
  Watch Video
I.A.4: Well-Structured LessonsII.B.1: Safe Learning EnvironmentDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
33rd Grade Main IdeaDownload Video FileDownload Video File
size: 206 MB
  Watch Video
II.A.3: Meeting Diverse NeedsII.D.2: High ExpectationsDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
44th Grade PoetryDownload Video FileDownload Video File
size: 187 MB
  Watch Video
II.A.3: Meeting Diverse NeedsII.B.1: Safe Learning EnvironmentDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
44th Grade Informational WritingDownload Video FileDownload Video File
size: 174 MB
  Watch Video
II.B.1: Safe Learning EnvironmentII.D.2: High ExpectationsDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
44th Grade Spatial Reasoning with PolygonsDownload Video FileDownload Video File
size: 223 MB
  Watch Video
I.B.1: Variety of Assessment MethodsII.D.2: High ExpectationsDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
44th Grade Supporting Opinions w/ Examples Download Video FileDownload Video File
size: 147 MB
  Watch Video
I.A.2: Child & Adolescent DevelopmentII.B.1: Safe Learning EnvironmentDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
44th Grade Social StudiesDownload Video FileDownload Video File
size: 202 MB
  Watch Video
I.A.2: Child & Adolescent DevelopmentI.A.4: Well-Structured LessonsDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
55th Grade English Group Presentations Download Video FileDownload Video File
size: 176 MB
  Watch Video
I.A.4: Well-Structured LessonsI.B.1: Variety of Assessment MethodsDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
66th Grade Writing Using AdjectivesDownload Video FileDownload Video File
size: 193 MB
  Watch Video
I.A.2: Child & Adolescent DevelopmentII.B.1: Safe Learning EnvironmentDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
66th Grade Informational Text Download Video FileDownload Video File
size: 227 MB
  Watch Video
I.A.4: Well-Structured LessonsII.A.3: Meeting Diverse NeedsDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
77th Grade Problem Solving/Graphing Download Video FileDownload Video File
size: 221 MB
  Watch Video
I.A.2: Child & Adolescent DevelopmentI.A.4: Well-Structured LessonsDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
88th Grade Rhetorical AnalysisDownload Video FileDownload Video File
size: 199 MB
  Watch Video
I.A.4: Well-Structured LessonsII.A.3: Meeting Diverse NeedsDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
88th Grade MathDownload Video FileDownload Video File
size: 218 MB
  Watch Video
I.A.4: Well-Structured LessonsII.D.3: Access to KnowledgeDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
99th Grade ELADownload Video FileDownload Video File
size: 209 MB
  Watch Video
II.A.3: Meeting Diverse NeedsII.B.1: Safe Learning EnvironmentDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
99th Grade BiologyDownload Video FileDownload Video File
size: 188 MB
  Watch Video
I.A.4: Well-Structured LessonsII.A.3: Meeting Diverse NeedsDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
1010th Grade ScienceDownload Video FileDownload Video File
size: 226 MB
  Watch Video
I.A.2: Child & Adolescent DevelopmentI.A.4: Well-Structured LessonsDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
9-12High School Polynomial FunctionsDownload Video FileDownload Video File
size: 167 MB
  Watch Video
II.A.3: Meeting Diverse NeedsII.B.1: Safe Learning EnvironmentDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
9-12High School AlgebraDownload Video FileDownload Video File
size: 162 MB
  Watch Video
I.A.4: Well-Structured LessonsII.D.2: High ExpectationsDownload PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document

Please contact edprep@doe.mass.edu with comments, feedback or questions on the Online Calibration Training Tool.



Last Updated: March 17, 2017
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