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Educator Evaluation

Training Modules to Support Implementation of Educator Evaluation

ESE evaluation training modules are designed to prepare school leadership teams and evaluators to implement the Massachusetts educator evaluation system in their schools through the following intended outcomes:

  • Make the 5-Step Cycle concrete and actionable for educators and their evaluators.
  • Support school leadership teams in developing a common understanding of the educator evaluation framework and the opportunities for professional growth and development using the Massachusetts Model System.
  • Provide participants with implementation tips and strategies to help schools make educator evaluation meaningful and doable.

ESE designed these modules as a training tool for school leadership teams. School leadership teams typically include all evaluators and may include, at the district's discretion, others who will share responsibility for implementation such as administrators without evaluator responsibilities and teacher leaders. In cases where teachers and/or educators without evaluator responsibilities are part of a school leadership team that participates in the training module for evaluators series, those educators do not need to attend the training workshops for teachers.

Structure of Training Modules

Training Modules 1-6 are two hours in length with an optional third hour of content for participants interested in implementation guidance or additional practice in observations. Modules include interactive learning activities as well as suggested homework assignments that are intended to help participants extend and apply their learning. These modules can be delivered by vendors, regional facilitators, or district trainers.

Training Module 7: Rating Educator Performance has been replaced with guidance on Rating Educator Performance and an accompanying training tool comprised of scenario-driven instructional worksheets, available on the Summative Performance Rating page.

Training Module 8: Rating Impact on Students has been replaced with guidance on Rating Educator Impact, available on the Student Impact Rating page.

Training Modules for Evaluators

This 6-part training program covers the following topics: 1-hour Overview of the Evaluation Framework, Unpacking the Rubric (Module 2), Self-Assessment (Module 3), S.M.A.R.T. Goals and Educator Plan Development (Module 4), Gathering Evidence (Module 5), and Observations & Feedback (Module 6). With the exception of the 1-hour Overview, each module includes 2 hours of training plus an additional hour of optional training.

Options for More Comprehensive Training

Districts may choose to provide the third hour of the modules for additional information on implementation or practice with observations. They might also choose to offer Module 1, a more comprehensive overview with an introduction to the research base and work of the Task Force. Each module has suggested homework.

Training Modules

1-Hour Overview

The 1-hour Overview module consists of a PowerPoint presentation that describes the most important aspects of the educator evaluation frameworks. The Overview covers the two evaluation ratings everyone will receive, the new performance standards and rubrics, the 5-step evaluation cycle, and additional resources for implementation.

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Overview: Facilitator Guide
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Module 1: Overview

The first module provides an overview of the module series structure and purposes, introduces the 5-Step Cycle of evaluation and Model System, and examines next steps for strategically implementing the new educator evaluation system in schools.

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Module 2: Unpacking the Rubric

The second module introduces the basic structure and terminology of the Model System performance rubrics and gives participants an opportunity to examine the rubric components.

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Module 3: Self-Assessment

The third module engages participants in Step 1 of the 5-Step Cycle-self-assessment. Participants will learn how to engage in a comprehensive self-assessment and how this process prepares the educator to strategically identify professional practice and student learning goals. Participants will practice using the rubric to reflect on educator practice and consider how best to engage in the analysis of student data and goal proposal.

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Module 4: S.M.A.R.T. Goals and Educator Plan Development

The fourth module focuses on Step 2 of the 5-Step Cycle cycle-how to develop S.M.A.R.T. goals and educator plans so that goals are needs-driven, specific, and action-oriented, and educator plans have clear benchmarks for success and provisions for professional development and support designed to help educators meet their student learning and professional practice goals.

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Module 5: Gathering Evidence

The fifth module focuses on the collection and organization of evidence by Standard and Indicator and engages participants in thinking strategically about gathering high-quality artifacts to demonstrate performance.

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Running Record of Evidence Tool: Teachers
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Running Record of Evidence Tool: Administrators

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Module 6: Observations and Feedback

The sixth module describes expectations for observations (both inside and outside of classrooms), the collection and organization of observation evidence, as well as the sharing of timely, constructive feedback to educators.

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*Module 7: Rating Educator Performance has been replaced with guidance on Rating Educator Performance and an accompanying training tool comprised of scenario-driven instructional worksheets, available on the Summative Performance Rating page.

**Module 8: Rating Impact on Students has been replaced with guidance on Rating Educator Impact, available on the Student Impact Rating page.



Last Updated: September 24, 2015
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