How to Keep an Unsatisfactory Teacher Evaluation from Failing
What’s A Successful Bad Evaluation?
- Improvement. It’s a wake-up call, yes, but a negative evaluation should also result in a great deal more attention and support to help the teacher improve.
- Termination. If a teacher has repeatedly demonstrated that they aren’t going to improve to an acceptable level any time soon, an unsatisfactory evaluation should lead to that teacher’s termination.
- Help the teacher improve to an acceptable level.
- Do whatever it takes to have the teacher terminated.
Evaluation Is Not Harassment, and Harassment Is Not Evaluation
“If I give them a hard enough time, they’ll leave.”
What Unprepared Looks Like
Final evaluations are usually due in May or June in the US, and we usually start thinking about them when certain deadlines—for goal-setting, for observations, for
It goes without saying that an unsat requires loads of evidence, and that evidence needs to be in writing (or in some cases,
The third way we can be unprepared is to be unclear about what we want to happen.
- How to distinguish between the “coaching hat” and the evaluator role
- How to prioritize among struggling staff and avoid taking on too much at once
- How to gain the support of key players such as union representatives and your supervisor
- How to keep the paperwork straight and get it done on time
- How to hold teachers accountable for their performance without creating unreasonable demands or causing discouragement
- How to create and follow through on clear expectations for improved performance