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Bill Gates Interviewed about Teacher Effectiveness

3 Useful Data Points Identified for Effective Teacher Evaluation

Bill Gates: A fairer way to evaluate teachers

By Bill Gates

Watch the interview in the Washington Post news office with Bill Gates discussing how teachers can learn about deepening their teaching strengths. The accompanying article starts with an example of how sports team analysis can be a model for recruiting and training teachers.

Mr. Gates concludes that "Exciting progress is being made in education across the country. The challenge now is to make sure we balance the urgency for change with the need to ensure fair ways to develop, evaluate and compensate teachers for the work they do."

"If we aren’t careful to build a system that provides feedback and that teachers trust, this opportunity to dramatically improve the U.S. education system will be wasted.

The fact is, teachers want to be accountable to their students. What the country needs are thoughtfully developed teacher evaluation systems that include multiple measures of performance, such as student surveys, classroom observations by experienced colleagues and student test results."


Recent EdWeek Article: The Framework and the Common Core

Applying the Common Core and the Framework to Teaching

Charlotte Danielson on Teaching and the Common Core

By Anthony Rebora in Education Week

Teaching expert Charlotte Danielson discusses the effects of the common standards on instructional practice and teacher professional development. She always recommends observing and listening to the students in the classroom. If a teacher's lessons have included inquiry and discussion skills, then the students will demonstrate facility in using the skills to learn ideas and concepts. "Again, I tend to look at what the students are doing. So, for example, do you see evidence of the teacher developing the skills that would encourage good argumentation—not only by asking good questions themselves but by encouraging the students to ask good questions and respectfully challenge one another's point of view? That kind of holistic inquiry has always been a part of my Framework."

"But it's important to note that the common standards so far only apply to two subject areas, literacy and mathematics, whereas my framework is generic—I intend it to apply to all settings."


Interview with Charlotte Danielson in The School Administrator

Important Issues to Keep in Mind When Implementing The Framework

Charlotte Danielson on Teacher Evaluation and Quality

By Liz Griffin

Liz Griffin, managing editor of The School Administrator, wrote about her interview with Charlotte Danielson in the January 2013 Issue. Charlotte shares details and opinions about her ideas on the methods and attitudes to develop in schools so that teachers are more thoughtful, and administrators have time to talk with their staff about what they’re doing and what the kids are learning. "The message for superintendents has to be to make the supervision of instruction and the improvement of teaching the most important priorities of site administrators."


AWSA: Association of Wisconsin School Administrators

Engagement: The X Factor in Student Learning

Joe Schroeder, Associate Executive Director, AWSA

"This past fall, Charlotte Danielson was addressing an audience of hundreds of Wisconsin educators, who were participating in the Teacher Effectiveness pilot through DPI. In her comments, Charlotte pointed to the prominence of one singular component of teaching practice over all others: student engagement."

Wisconsin Educators Discuss Engagement: The X Factor in Student Learning
Read an article by author Joe Schroeder, Associate Executive Director, AWSA discussing Charlotte Danielson's presentation about The Framework for Teaching and the importance of student engagement. The article presents a comparison with Phil Schlechty's research about the nature of engagement in his book Engaging Students: The Next Level of Working on the Work, 2011. 


Observing Classroom Practice

Classroom observations can foster teacher learning—if observation systems include crucial components and observers know what to look for.

By Charlotte Danielson

An article by Charlotte Danielson in the November edition of Educational Leadership—Teacher Evaluation: What's Fair? What's Effective? Pages 32-37


You Don’t Know Charlotte

While the rest of the nation is embracing Charlotte Danielson’s framework for evaluating teachers, much of the Garden State is just getting to know this New Jersey resident.

By Michael Yaple, Public Affairs Officer at NJSBA

ROCK STAR. That’s the kind of phrase people who work with Charlotte Danielson use to describe her. Danielson – a New Jersey-based economist turned teacher turned school administrator, who turned into an author and consultant whose writings are shaping teacher assessments nationwide – seems to have cultivated that acclaim within educational circles. At least, that’s the perception outside of New Jersey. Published in NJ School Boards Association: School Leader, January/February 2012


"Danielson’s Framework for Teaching has been a revelation to me; the best analogy I can offer is that the Framework is like having voice-guided GPS to direct you to a destination, when before you might have only had a destination name and an outdated road map."

Pre-Service Teacher, May 2016

“[The consultant] gave the best PD I have seen in 15 years of teaching, and was the first to explain [the] Danielson [Framework] in a human way. Bravo.”

A teacher, June 2015

“I am so impressed with the Danielson Group consultants. They are all so real. Your trainers helped make [proficient] teaching stronger and steered [basic teaching] toward increasing effectiveness.” 

A principal, June 2015

"Due to your consultant's seamless and meaningful transitions, knowledge of content, and rapport with the audience, the room was alive with energy and it made us all feel ready to begin the year off with success."

"Never before have I seen a group of seasoned educators like your consultants master the art of communicating with an audience with varied levels of expertise and interests. The two days that I spent with your team, I walked away with a desire to use the rubric to truly enhance my own practice."

"I left with a renewed look at the rubric, thinking that the rubric is the Great Equalizer! We can ALL enhance our practice by using it as a tool and a roadmap to produce students who think and are ready for college and careers. THANK YOU!"

"Your consultants' presence and organization of the day will not only impact the new teachers that attended, but will make the year alive for a vast number of students this year."

"Our workshop focused on calibration and inter-rater agreement training, so it was directly aligned to our individual and collective work with teacher performance evaluation.  With new administrators on the team, this type of training is critical."

"We were highly impressed with our Danielson Group consultant and the workshop. We have nothing but positive things to share. Staff have been emailing us, thanking us. This is the most worthwhile presentation we've been to in a while."

"The workshop you provided was hands-on, interesting, practical, and respectful of time limits. I heard more positive feedback about this workshop from staff than I have about any other."

"We wanted to let you know how much we appreciated the flexibility and professionalism that your consultant provided in our unique context. It helped us to keep on track with our schedule at a critical time. For that we are truly grateful."

"Your consultant presented a perfectly differentiated learning experience for all our principals. They were highly engaged, as demonstrated by on-topic conversations using academic language, completion of tasks requiring evidence identification, and note taking and 'grading' during classroom videos of teaching."

"Our school principals said the Framework observation training was the best training they had ever had, including the training provided when earning their Master’s degrees."

"I have a principal who was so excited about the breakthrough work with her staff in special education. I am already getting my money back!"

"My concern about the extra time it would take to implement the Framework successfully was not accurate. It took about the same amount of time as our prior evaluation system, and the benefits in professional growth and increased student achievement were more than worth it."

"I want to truly thank you for the brilliant job that you did with our training. I got such positive feedback from the team. They feel re-energized and like they have a direction and new tools to do the job."