EDU562: Educator Evaluation & K-12 Instructional Systems

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Course Overview

In this course, candidates will investigate how to implement a fair and equitable educator evaluation system that will result in professional growth of educators, a positive professional community, instructional improvements and student achievement gains. Candidates will examine the legal and political context for educator evaluation in their state and school district, and the standards for educator effectiveness, licensure, preparation, and professional development. In addition, candidates will examine ways to improve K-12 instructional systems through the implementation of a multi-tiered system of support including research-based core curriculum, targeted interventions, frequent assessments of student progress, and structured collaboration of teachers to analyze and use data.

In the course project, Educator Evaluation Guidebook: A Management System, candidates will develop a system to manage the educator evaluation process including scheduling evaluation, collecting and recording observation and evaluation data, and monitoring changes in educator practices and student achievement results. Candidates will analyze and document procedures for personnel actions including hiring, placement and dismissal focused on increasing teacher effectiveness and reaching student achievement goals.

This course does not include a required field-based or clinical practice experience.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Incorporate requirements of Colorado state laws, standards and performance objectives (including student achievement) into the design of a fair and equitable educator evaluation system.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the components of a multi-tiered system of support, including: implementing core curriculum and targeted interventions; using assessments to identify learning needs and monitor student progress; and structured collaboration of teachers to analyze and use data, and plan for instruction.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to develop a system for the use of technology to record instructional information, enrich curriculum, engage students, support standards-based individualized instruction, monitor and improve instructional practices through teacher evaluation, and communicate results.
  • Identify professional standards, performance objectives, and procedures for personnel actions including hiring, placement and dismissal focused on increasing teacher effectiveness and student achievement gains.
  • Develop personnel recruitment and retention strategies based on standards for effective teaching, school mission and goals.
  • Develop a protocol for providing honest and constructive appraisals of performance and suggestions for improvement, and documenting the justifiable basis for taking personnel actions.
  • Identify appropriate design principles for the development of teacher training, induction and mentoring programs based on research on adult learning, school goals, and student learning and achievement needs.
  • Identify a process for developing comprehensive professional growth and development plans for teachers that build on data that would be drawn from observations and evaluations, and includes research-based adult learning strategies such as collaboration and coaching.
  • Develop a personal professional growth plan that reflects commitment to research-based best practices and lifelong learning.

Course Prerequisites