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In the Measures of Teacher Practice component of the teacher evaluation system, teachers engage in a cycle of observation, feedback and reflection with their principal or other evaluator.
Mandatory initial planning conference
The teacher and principal (or an assistant principal) must have an individual, face-to-face conversation — an Initial Planning Conference — to discuss the teacher’s goals and priorities. At this initial conference, the teacher selects one of four observation options for that school year. In addition, the teacher and evaluator discuss the components of the Danielson Framework and address any questions or concerns the teacher has with regard to her students, curricula or classroom materials needed.
Four classroom observation options
Option 1: A minimum of one formal classroom observation and three informal observations is required.
Option 2: A minimum of six informal classroom observations is required.
Option 3: This option is available to teachers rated Effective or Highly Effective the previous year. A minimum of four informal observations is required. The teacher also makes the classroom available for two classroom visits from a colleague. These classroom visits shall not be used for any evaluative purpose and must be scheduled jointly by the teacher and the principal.
Option 4: This option is available to teachers rated Highly Effective the previous year. A minimum of three informal observations is required. The teacher also makes the classroom available for three visits from a colleague. These classroom visits shall not be used for any evaluative purpose and must be scheduled jointly by the teacher and the principal.
Summative end-of-the-year conference
A teacher and principal, or assistant principal, must meet in person to review all observations conducted during the school year. The Danielson Framework provides the foundation for a meaningful, professional discussion so participants can identify the teacher’s areas of strength and those needing improvement, as well as steps to take for future growth.
Danielson Framework for Teaching
Eight components of the Danielson Framework are used for supporting and evaluating teacher practice. Components in Domains 2 and 3 are weighted more heavily (85 percent of your rating) than components in Domains 1 and 4 (15 percent). Scores from formal and informal observations count equally.
Domain 1: Planning and Preparation
1a: Demonstrating knowledge of content and pedagogy
1e: Designing coherent instruction
Domain 2: Classroom Environment
2a: Creating an environment of respect and rapport
2d: Managing student behavior
Domain 3: Instruction
3b: Using questioning and discussion techniques
3c: Engaging students in learning
3d: Using assessment in instruction
Domain 4: Professional Responsibilities
4e: Growing and developing professionally
Observation cycle timeline
- On or before the last Friday in October, an Initial Planning Conference is held.
- After the Initial Planning Conference occurs and no later than the first Friday in June, all formal and informal observations take place. Feedback must be provided, in writing or verbally, 15 school days after an informal or formal observation is held. For a formal observation, the post-observation conference counts as feedback.
- Only one other observation may be conducted between the time an observation is conducted to the time the scored Evaluator Form for that observation is received.
- Between the last Friday in April and the last Friday in June, a summative end-of-the-year conference is held.
- No later than the last day of the school year, the score and rating for the observation subcomponent must be computed and provided to the teacher in writing.
Calculating the MOTP rating
Each Danielson component is scored on a range of 1 to 4, from low to high, based on what was observed. At the end of the year, your component averages are weighted and combined into an MOTP rating:
3.51–4.00: Highly Effective
Measures of Teacher Practice Selection Form
Use this form to choose among the four observation options.
Annual Professional Performance Review Evaluator Form
Evaluators will use this form during classroom observations.