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Teacher Evaluation Instrument Questions/Answers

1. Is it o.k. to collaborate with others?
The self-assessment and the Professional Development Plan (PDP) are individually completed then collaboration takes place with the principal.  Collaboration is encouraged in your PLC meetings.

2. Does proficiency for every standard mean relating and giving workshops?
No – Refer to Hoke County Schools rubrics.

3. Artifacts?
Artifacts are listed at the bottom of each Performance Standard. Refer to pages 21-29. These may be used for the unobservable items as well.

4. How will administrators use the new tool?
This tool is a growth model. Administrators will use this tool to assist teachers in the growth process in the collaboration that will take place throughout the year.

5. How will the PDP be developed?
The PDP will be developed through the self-assessment process. See page 18.

6. Will all standards be considered on all observations?
All standards may not be observed on each observation, but all standards will be considered.

7. PLCS, EC self contained- do I need to attend regular Ed PLCS if no EC PLC is taking place?
The principal has the authority to make that decision.

8. Will it be marked down if evidence is not shown for each standard for each observation?
It is the administrator’s responsibility to look for evidences for each standard. If they do not find that evidence, they will then ask the teacher to provide the needed evidence.

9. Is this really going to bring us closer to the 21st century?
This tool provides the opportunity for all stakeholders to be involved in every aspect of the school and community setting. What better way to bring Hoke County Schools further into the 21st Century in every avenue.

10. Who is the contact person at the board about the evaluations?
Dr. Cheryl Benson, Asst. Superintendent of Human Resources

11. How do we discuss the ratings with a principal if we are in conflict?
You should be able to show evidence through artifacts that demonstrate the rating you feel is accurate.

12. Will teachers be more involved with the School Improvement Plan?
Every teacher has access to the School Improvement Plan. All teachers, as well as all staff members, should be involved in the SIP as it is a living document and the driver behind our school improvement process.

13. Will there be school wide efforts to get needed parent involvement?
All schools are actively involved in recruiting parental involvement.

14. Can I make a rubric for my own use?
Our district team has designed the classroom rubrics that are to be used in assessing the teacher’s performance.

15. How will an administrator know if you are collaborating with other teachers?
The administrator will know if you are collaborating with other teachers through the minutes that are maintained in the PLC meetings. 

16. What will be the impact on the education environment the 1st year?
Through data gathered from the pilot LEA’s, the education environment became much more transparent and allowed for a more positive setting within the schools.
17. How to become involved in workshops to reach “distinguished” status?
As this is a growth model, so will Hoke County Schools be growing to provide needed professional development as well as other needed areas to allow teachers the opportunity to become a “distinguished” teacher. Collaborate with your principal concerning such opportunities.

18. EC teachers have to work 4 content areas-math, social studies, science and reading. How are we going to be evaluated?
Observations are a minimum of 45 minutes or one complete lesson. Administrators will be able to use these times to assess a picture of what the EC teacher does within the educational day.

19. How many times can you be on an action plan?
           Please refer to page 18 in your manual.

20. Will I actually get a planning period to incorporate all of this into my instruction?
All of the standards and elements are items that teachers should be using daily and therefore should not be something additionally added.

21. Will my planning period be an actual planning period or a meeting?
A combination of both planning period and PLC’s will be used.

22. What additional training will be given?
Each school will provide ongoing training throughout the 2009-2010 school year through the PLC meetings and support groups.

23. Exactly what paperwork will be used each time?
The rubric will be used for all administrative observations. The PDP will be brought by the teacher to each post conference. Any artifacts the teacher wants to present at a post conference may be used. Refer to pages 17-18.
24. How can an evaluation occur according to standards without the resources?
You may not have all the resources in your classroom however you do have all needed resources within the school setting via media specialists, the computer labs, and the SMART Tools, etc.
25. What resources can we use to teach diverse students to know they are learning content subject?
See Standard 4 provided by Hoke County Schools in the back of your manual.

26. How to grade self-evaluation?
Reflection of where you think you are as a teacher would be how you approach the self-assessment.
27. Will we have a point of contact in-house for assistance?
In-house you will have your principal and assistant principal.

28. What is the time frame for the formal observations (due dates)?
Each principal has those dates and will be sharing them with you at the beginning of the school year.

29. It was mentioned if you’re on an action plan this year, then it would be continued, what if a teacher fulfilled it?
If the teacher fulfills the requirements of the action plan, then they will be removed from the action plan.

30. How long will an action plan stay in your personnel file?
A copy of the action plan is sent to Dr. Benson in Human Resources to keep permanently in your personnel file.

31. Will being on an action plan affect pay raises?
No it will not.

32. Will technological resources become more available for students use?
This is a continuous endeavor for Hoke County Schools.

33. How can I become available to help students as a mentor during school and in their community?
You are a student mentor throughout the day in that you support them and nurture them not just as their teacher but as an adult mentor. To be involved in their community can mean you attend a ballgame, dance recital, or band concert in which they are a participant.

34. Is there a forum where teachers can give feedback to administrators regarding their strengths and suggestions for areas to be developed?
Some schools have a suggestion box and suggestions can be discussed in PLC meetings and support group meetings.

35. How can students become global citizens when personal experiences are limited in the county?
Teachers have technological tools and resources that allow students the opportunity to be global citizens.
36. Standard 1: Element A- What does “empowerment” look like (marked as an observable item)?
Look at the standards in the back of your manual (colored paper section) to see what observable student empowerment looks like.

37. Standard 2: Element D- What if there are no specialists at our school with whom to collaborate? Does that become “Not demonstrated”?
There should be a specialist in the school or district to be of assistance.

38. Will this evaluation be used 2-3 times per year?
Please see page 24 of the powerpoint presentation in your manual.

39. What happens if a different person evaluates you and gives a lower or higher grade?
The principal has the final say on the rating score.

40. How do you get access to outside presenting?
These opportunities can be found through many venues.

41. How long is the action plan implemented?
We recommend a one year action plan, but less than a year may be considered. 

42. Vertical planning-where does this fit in the standards?
Where does it not fit into the standards? Just a couple of examples: Standard I Element A: Takes responsibility for all students’ learning; Element B: Work collaboratively with all school personnel to create a professional learning community, develop goals and strategies through the school improvement plan; Element C:  Promote professional growth; Element D: Advocate for positive change in policies and practices affecting student learning.
43. When do classroom and inclusion teachers plan?
1 hour per week is not enough time- Work with the administration and SIT to facilitate this. This is a school building decision by the principal. 
44. What category does a beginning teacher fall under? Career status or probationary teacher?
Probationary Teacher

45. How does this work with elective classes? (seems geared toward core classes)
No Child Left Behind and the Secondary Education Act of 2001, which was signed into federal law in January 2002, defines core subject areas as English, Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Foreign Languages, Civics and Government, Economics, ARTS, History and Geography.

46. What are acceptable artifacts for elective classes?
Please see the sample artifacts found on pages 21-29 in your manual.

47. If you are considered “not demonstrated”, what happens?
You would be placed on an action plan to help you grow to become a better teacher.

48. Was this rubric piloted or being used by all schools in NC?
Yes, the rubric was piloted during the 2007-2008 school year and Hoke County Schools was a part of that pilot program. This school year 2009-2010 will be the official implementation for Hoke County Schools.

49. Who will monitor the principals to make sure they are using the instruments as they are to be used?
Dr. Cheryl Benson
50. Will C&I provide professional support with discretion?
All administrative support staff throughout the county will be available to assist teachers.

51. How to write personal smart goals?
Collaborate with your principal and with C&I staff members.

52. Do we need to keep all artifacts in a notebook or just in our room where we can access them?
Artifacts should be in your room, easily accessible and readily used by you.

53. Are rebuttals effective or worth the effort?
It is mandatory that teachers sign their summative evaluation. The burden of proof is on the teacher if the teacher disagrees with a rating.
54. Will C&I observations use this tool?
All administrative staff will use this tool for a complete observation.

55. What about BT’s and extra curricular activities?
This piece remains in tact as it has been. Please see the document provided BT’s.
56. Do all lessons have to last for 45 minutes?
A formal observation is a minimum of 45 minutes or one complete lesson. An informal observation is a minimum of 20 minutes.

57. What value is the peer evaluation to the teacher’s summative?
The peer evaluation and the administrative evaluations will all be looked at to determine the overall summary rating for the teacher.

58. Can we elevate our status after evaluation?
After the summative evaluation, goals will be set up for the upcoming school year to help you continue to grow in this model.

59. Once a distinguished teacher, does it start a whole new ball game the following year?
The expectation is that once you reach the distinguished status, you maintain that status.

60. Will the state add additional pay for “above average”?
Not at this time.

61. Monitored growth plan – what happens if you don’t improve?
Refer to page 18 in your manual.

62. How is the peer observer chosen?
The peer observer is chosen by the principal.
63. Do resource teachers have to do this?
Yes, all teachers with the exception of media specialists, guidance counselors, social workers and psychologists will be required to utilize this process. The group mentioned above will have a similar evaluation tool, within the next school year.

64. Does the PDP expire after one year or can it be ongoing over several years?
One year.

65. How do you figure out if someone is proficient or developing with checkmarks in both?
Refer to pages 32-33 in your manual.  If all descriptors are checked in developing and proficient, then the rating would be proficient.

66. Will we have training prior to starting the Student Data notebook?
Yes, through the C&I department.

67. Are test scores taken into account?
The test scores are part of the artifacts that may be used in the overall summary rating.

68. How do you obtain career status?
• Probationary teacher is a certified person who has not obtained career (tenure) status and whose major responsibility is to teach or supervise teaching.
• Probationary teachers who are employed by one NC public school system full time for 4 consecutive years are eligible for career status
• Teachers who previously held career (tenure) status in NC are eligible to regain career status after one successful year of teaching.
• If a teacher moves from one county to another, before obtaining career status the teacher must start over at year one and work 4 consecutive years in the LEA.
• Lateral entry teachers are not eligible for career status until the lateral entry license is cleared (all coursework and tests are taken).   At the point, when the license is cleared the teacher will begin the career track.