How to make teacher and principal evaluations effective

01/12/2014 | Education Week

Evaluations of teachers and principals should be specific and without judgment to motivate them to create the best learning environments, K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers write in this blog post. They recommend allowing teachers and principals a way to respond to build trust in the process. "If assessment is seen and treated as important feedback in the learning process, its use can be heralded. If it is seen as a criticism or judgment, it will be regarded as a deflator, a morale buster, and a waste of time," they write.

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