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Owning the evaluation process

Teacher evaluation has long been a contentious issue, but changes negotiated in the 2018 DOE-UFT contract provide an opportunity to make the observation process the partnership it was meant to be.

Teachers and the observation process

The UFT seized the opportunity presented by the 2018 contract negotiations with the city Department of Education to revise the teacher evaluation system to focus on quality of observations rather than quantity and to incorporate meaningful...

When should I expect to meet with my evaluator/the person conducting observations of my teaching performance?

Your evaluator must conduct an Initial Planning Conference with you no later than the last Friday in October. This in-person conversation between you and your evaluator should take place at a mutually agreed upon time. This conference is an...

What aspects of my teaching will be evaluated during an observation?

As in previous years, evaluators will base their ratings on eight components of the Danielson Rubric: 1a: Demonstrating knowledge of content and pedagogy; 1e: Designing coherent instruction; 2a: Creating an environment of respect and rapport; 2d:...

What kind of professional development and training about the teacher evaluation system will I receive?

The UFT and DOE have collaborated to develop new joint training sessions regarding the evaluation system. All employees--teachers, administrators, and other evaluators--will receive the same training so everyone is on the same page regarding...

How many times will I be observed this school year?

The required minimum number of evaluations will be fewer for the vast majority of teachers. If you are a tenured teacher, the number of observations your principal or other evaluator will conduct depends on your overall rating from previous school...

What is the summative conference? When will it occur? How can it impact my evaluation?

The summative conference is a face-to-face conversation between teacher and evaluator conducted between the last Friday in April and the last Friday in June. This gives you an opportunity to talk about the observations that occurred throughout the...

What if I have not received all my observation results for the Fall Window -- can I still be observed in the Spring?

It depends. They cannot observe you until you have received the required Fall observations. This means that if there were more than the required number, but you have not yet received the results for the additional observations, they can observe you.