Charlotte Danielson addresses a school reform conference in Indianapolis.
A nationally recognized expert in teacher effectiveness has some advice for states, including Indiana, that are creating new systems to judge teachers:
The system had better be well- designed, Charlotte Danielson said, because teachers who are unfairly fired will sue.
"And they'll probably win," she said.
Danielson, a former teacher and administrator in several states, was the keynote luncheon speaker Tuesday at a school reform conference sponsored by the University of Indianapolis' Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning. Her 1996 book, "Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching," has been influential in the design of new teacher evaluation systems, including the Teacher Advancement Program, one of two models being piloted this year in Indiana.
Next year, Indiana schools must implement a teacher evaluation system based on guidelines created in a law passed in April. The measure requires annual evaluations and ties teacher pay raises, in part, to their students' test performance.
Teaching is tough to judge because it is a very complex process, Danielson said.
"Teaching is so hard that it's never perfect," she said. "It can always be a little bit better."READ THE ARTICLE
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