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CEL and Anacortes Present New Teacher Evaluation Process at Learning Forward Conference


Anneke Markholt  (CEL Associate Director

Anneke Markholt

Anneke Markholt  (CEL Associate Director), Sandy Austin (CEL Consultant) and staff from the Anacortes School District will present a session on the Anacortes Teacher and Principal Evaluation Project at the Learning Forward Washington (formerly known as the National Staff Development Council) Conference on May 24th from 4-6PM in Renton.   The organization is very interested in learning how the Anacortes District, the Teacher’s Association and CEL have worked together on the project.

Sandy Austin (CEL Consultant)

Sandy Austin

The new teacher evaluation process in Anacortes is aligned with Washington State’s new criteria under (E2SSB 6696 - Regarding Education Reform (2010). Anacortes’ new teacher evaluation process uses CEL’s research-based instructional framework: the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning (5D) as the foundation.

Anacortes chose to work with CEL on its evaluation process because the school district finds that the 5D framework is improving classroom practices along with the ability of principals and district office leaders to help teachers improve. "We are excited to be working with UW CEL to do the 'cross walk' with the eight new Washington State evaluation criteria and the 5Ds of learning.  We believe the 5D is not only clearly aligned with at least six of the evaluation criterion, but will also provide a clear definition of each criteria along with a continuum of evidence or lack of evidence to reach each criteria standard," said Chris Borgen, Superintendent of Anacortes School District. With regards to the statewide initiative, Michaela Miller, National Board Certification Coordinator and Teacher and Principal Evaluation Project Manager at OSPI said, “The project has prodded the deliberate and thoughtful conversations every school in the state should be having answering the question, what does gold standard teaching and leading look like?"

According to CEL’s Executive Director Dr. Stephen Fink, "We are delighted to be participating in this critical initiative that we think will be a real leap forward in terms of acknowledging the complex and sophisticated craft of teaching.  An evaluation system that truly builds the capacity of our teachers will lead to better practice which ultimately will result in greater student learning,"
To learn more about CEL visit http://www.k-12leadership.org/.

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