SAUK VILLAGE | Consolidated School District 168 will bring in a new teacher evaluation process over the next two years.
School Superintendent Al Travaglini told the School Board last week the evaluation process utilized by the Danielson Group would be implemented in the district.
“Several of us have had an opportunity to hear Charlotte Danielson speak recently,” Travaglini said. “We have also studied the evaluation process proposed by the Danielson Group. It is a very thorough process that provides a much better evaluation of the teacher and the methods being used.”
The current evaluation process is a relatively poor one, according to Travaglini.
“We enter the classroom and spend a short amount of time watching the teacher,” he said. “But it is really a short period of time. Then an evaluation is provided. It’s really not fair to the teacher, the student, or the district.”
Travaglini said the process formulated by the Danielson Group calls for a minimum of two but preferably four physical evaluations of longer duration in the classroom. The evaluations are spread out over an extended period of time in order to gather information from different perspectives and subjects.
In addition, students are part of the process. They are asked about topics being covered in class, their comprehension of those topics, and how to go about solving the problems being presented.
“We want to know that the students really understand what is going on at that particular time,” Travaglini said. “The process is designed to benefit the students and make sure that they are getting the expected results from teaching.”
Travaglini has discussed the new process with the teachers union and has received positive feedback.
“We want to make sure that the teachers understand this is a process designed to make them better teachers,” he said. “It is not a process used to eliminate anyone. There were rumors that districts used new evaluation processes to remove teachers. We are not doing anything like that here.”
Just last month, the School Board unanimously voted against reducing the number of teachers or expanding the size of classes as a way to help cut into the budget deficit. Travaglini was a supporter of keeping every teacher and staff member
Travaglini stated that it will take two years to fully implement the new process. It will be implemented at Rickover Middle, Strasburg Elementary, and Wagoner Elementary.
Charlotte Danielson is an internationally recognized expert in the area of teacher effectiveness, specializing in the design of teacher evaluation systems, according to the company's website. She advises state education departments and national ministries and departments of education, both in the United States and overseas.