I’ve just completed my Focused TPEP (Teacher/Principal Evaluation Program). It’s been quite a journey and I’m wrapping up that journey as a gift to you, dear reader, and tying it up with a bow. (I also tied it up nicely for my evaluator…more about that later.)
Last year I considered my Comprehensive TPEP process (here, here, and here). Throughout this year, I’ve reflected in my travels through TPEP (here and here). Today I’m pondering the end of my TPEP journey for the year: my final reflection. Because I’m focused, my final steps involve just 2 things: Student Growth Goals and my single professional goal of Communicating with Families.
I’m wrapping up the whole process. My gift to you- tying it up with a neat bow. Here’s my steps to a successful Focused Evaluation.
- Fill out the self reflection in eVal (the online evaluation tool we use in our district. Not so user friendly. Don’t get me started.) What have I learned? What is better? What are my next steps?
- Uncover my list of possible artifacts for my personal goal of Communicating with Families that I wrote up in January. Dust off said list. What are the gems? Which artifacts are worthy of submitting? Which artifacts hit several components of the rubric, and are therefore double hitting artifacts?
- Find the Danielson rubrics that match my goal for Communicating with Families:
Teacher communicates frequently with families about the instructional program and conveys information about individual student progress.
Teacher makes some attempts to engage families in the instructional program.
Information to families is conveyed in a culturally appropriate manner.
4. Complete the suggested reflection sheet for my Communicating with Families goal. Indicate where I place myself on the rubric (see step #3), and why. Remember: an artifact becomes evidence when I reflect.
5. Upload the BEST evidence to eVal. Also upload the reflection sheet. In my reflection, I include hyperlinks to my evidence. So my supervisor could just open the reflection sheet and see it all. Or she can open the evidence separately. I like to cover all my bases.
Comprehensive goal reflection? Check!
Now for Student Growth Goals..
6. Collect data from my students and my team. Update the google doc 10,000 times and color code until everything is perfect. Hyperfocus on the perfect formula to use in a cell to calculate the percentage of students meeting the goal. Conditionally format cells 23 times. Shake fists at teammates, then remember you love to work with them.
7. Analyze my student data- I added to the ongoing charts I’ve been keeping all year.
|Students served||Fall OR Score||Fall Accuracy||Winter OR||Winter Accuracy||April OR||April Accuracy||Met Goal?|
|Anna||20||80%||66||97%||52||93%||Yes for RW|
8. Celebrate the students that did meet the goal. Reflect on students who did not meet the goal. What can I do in the next 12 weeks to get them to standard. The year isn’t done yet!
9. Upload the growth goals to eVal. Use the rubric to highlight and score myself. Did everyone meet the goal? No. Was it reasonable? Yes. Is there still work to be done? Yes.
10. Complete the FINAL TPEP Student Growth Goal Reflection form. My union says I don’t have to fill this out, but I want all my numbers in one place before I meet with my team and my evaluator. I want those numbers in an organized place!
And now for the bow on top:
11. Complete the FINAL TPEP Comprehensive Reflection provided by my supervisor. My union says I don’t have to fill out anything I don’t want to, but this document helps me organize my thoughts.
12. Upload all my reflection documents to eVal and e-mailed my principal that it’s all in. Whew!