In a comment to the post on NEA’s potential policy change related to teacher evaluation, Scott shares with us that he and two others will be delegates at the national conference where the decision will be made on the proposed policy change. Perhaps I can get him to do a guest blog from Chicago.
He also shares with us a conversation with Governor Gregoire where our work was mentioned in an attempt to influence her as decisions are made on the evaluation model adopted at the state level. We want whatever emerges to have a framework that provides districts with the flexibility to identify a preferred instructional process. The districts that are piloting this year are using a variety of approaches with most using a model created outside their school district. You can sign up for following the progress of these districts here.
There are many in the state that are advocating for one model while we want flexibility that allows our Classroom 10 work to continue. We have been using a variety of avenues to share our work in an effort to convince those with decision making authority that flexibility is a key to success. The conversation that Scott Poirier had with the Governor, conversations we have had with Deputy Superintendent Alan Burke and feedback from Superintendent Dorn suggest that we are having some influence.
Why is our work in Tahoma part of this conversation? How is it that we are influencing the course of the discussion? We must be doing something that others see has value. I would suggest that it is partially due to the following characteristics of our culture.
• The quality of our work force and our desire for continuous learning and growth over time.
• Our belief in collaboration and consensus that promotes engagement and supports skillful conversations.
• Our Classroom 10 vision.
Once again, our work is being used as an example and Tahoma’s reputation continues to grow. Thank you!