Teacher evaluations are crucial, but also controversial.
The Poway Unified School District, though, has a new approach to its teacher evaluations.
On this week's podcast, Candy Smiley, president of Poway Federation of Teachers, and Michele Manos, a teacher and leader of the district's teacher evaluation system, joined co-hosts Scott Lewis and Laura Kohn to explain Poway's evaluation programs.
One part of the program, for example, pairs teachers with their peers.
"We wanted our focus on professional learning for teachers. How do we make teachers get the best opportunities for their students by improving their practice? That's really what our whole program is based on. It's a growth model, it's a strength-based approach, taking a look at multiple measures," Manos said.
Lewis and Kohn talked about the latest in teacher evaluations and what could change on the state level as well.
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