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Getting started: The first 90 days

Important steps to take before Thanksgiving

Attend a borough meeting on the evaluation and development system.

Make it a point to go to a borough meeting this fall to learn about the evaluation system and how to make it work for you. The meeting is your opportunity to hear first-hand and in greater depth about the information in this booklet, and to get answers to any specific questions you have.

Prepare for your initial planning conference.

You should meet with your supervisor (evaluator) no later than Oct. 27 to discuss your approach to instruction and your professional contributions to the school community. To prepare for this meeting:

  • Review your overall rating from 2016-17 and be prepared to discuss specific areas of your teaching with your supervisor.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the students in your classes including the need for any differentiation.
  • Decide your preferred observation model and whether you want to be videotaped for your evaluation.

At your initial planning conference

  • Submit your Measures of Teacher Practice observation option selection form.
  • Discuss your classes and plans for the coming year.

If you choose observation option 1, prepare for your pre-observation conference.

Under observation option 1, you must have a pre-observation conference with your evaluator to prepare for your formal observation. Be prepared to also discuss:

  • The focus, activities and expectations of your lesson.
  • The eight components of the Danielson Framework used in NYC.
  • Your questions or concerns about the formal observation.
  • The time and date for your formal observation.

Understand the observation cycle.

Regardless of the observation option you selected, your evaluator may start visiting your classroom for evaluative observations at any time after the Initial Planning Conference.

  • After each observation, your evaluator must provide feedback within 15 school days through an in-person conversation, phone call or email, or during the postobservation conference for a formal observation.
  • Within 45 school days of any observation, your evaluator must give you the written report.
  • You may also want to consider documenting all classroom visits and your own reflections on them, and sharing your reflections with your evaluator prior to receiving your evaluator’s written report.
  • Informal observations must last at least 15 minutes. Formal observations must last a full period.

Find out about the Measures of Student Learning for your school.

The school-based MOSL committee decides the MOSL for each grade and subject.

  • Ask your chapter leader what assessments your school-based MOSL committee selected for your school.
  • Find out if your school is administering any baseline assessments and the timeline for administration.