Isobel Stevenson

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Summary of Evaluation Process

February 17, 2011 by Isobel Stevenson · No Comments · Student Achievement

A major component (because it’s the only required documentation) of the new 27J Teacher Evaluation System is the Summary Evaluation Process.  I think it’s colloquially known as the Learning Log, and I wish we’d called it that in the first place.  People from other districts who see it marvel at it (imagine Beethoven listening to […]

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Ah-ha about feedback

February 5, 2011 by Isobel Stevenson · 4 Comments · Student Achievement

Getting feedback right continues to be a huge struggle.  At the AP meeting at Vikan yesterday, it came up again, for the millionth time, and it was a topic of discussion the week before at the principals meeting at Stuart. The issue is that teachers continue to ask “What did you think?”  Which forces administrators […]

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Should teacher preparation be more like the training doctors get? I wish.

November 17, 2010 by Isobel Stevenson · 1 Comment · Student Achievement

Apparently it’s all about teaching all of a sudden.  First the big push to look at teacher evaluation, and now teacher preparation.  Check this out. Nov. 16, 2010 News Release Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones Leads NCATE Call For Overhaul Of Teacher Preparation Programs A national panel composed of education experts and critics today […]

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Working on my Learning Goals

September 3, 2010 by Isobel Stevenson · 1 Comment · Student Achievement

One of the most important things we do–maybe the most important thing we do–is to make sense of what we are being asked to do, match that with our professional knowledge (theory) and our experience, and figure out how to deploy our skills accordingly, and perhaps what additional skills we need to acquire.  There’s probably […]

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27J Teacher Evaluation: The Story, Part One

August 23, 2010 by Isobel Stevenson · 2 Comments · Student Achievement

I have told my story of how we came to create the new teacher evaluation system so often now that I thought it might be useful if I wrote it down.  Plus, I have bashed certain initiatives for being out of whack with the research so often now that I thought I should cite the […]

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Educator effectiveness: another two articles

August 17, 2010 by Isobel Stevenson · 1 Comment · Student Achievement

The furor over measuring teacher effectiveness is going to get more intense.  The LA Times is taking this on like’s it going to be their Watergate.  The first article about the effectiveness of individual teachers in LA Unified was published on August 14.  According to the article, “The Times obtained seven years of math and […]

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More modeling of learning goals

August 11, 2010 by Isobel Stevenson · No Comments · Student Achievement

So today I got to spend some more quality time at a school, this time Turnberry.  Just like my visit to Second Creek, my function was to help the principal model the development of a learning goal.  And just like the principal at Second Creek, Liann was thoughtful, transparent, and ambitious.  It’s tough talking about […]

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Educator Effectiveness: two articles

August 3, 2010 by Isobel Stevenson · No Comments · Student Achievement

I posted an article, “Building a Better Teacher”‘ to yammer a while ago.  It was a very popular article, I saw it lots of different places.  If you didn’t read it, you should. Another New York Times article was just published, “The Case for $320,000 Kindergarten Teachers.” You should read that one too. The articles […]

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Developing learning goals (adult version)

July 30, 2010 by Isobel Stevenson · 3 Comments · Student Achievement

27J will have a new teacher evaluation system this year.  This is very important to me, as it is the outcome of the work of a terrific committee that met last year, a collaboration between BEA and 27J Administration.  Being on that committee was one of the highlights of my career. There are many, many […]

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