Educator Effectiveness Series Introduction

In the last school year, 2012-2013, I was quite disappointed in the teacher evaluation process and final outcomes; therefore I decided to review the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness Final Recommendations (2013) to gain a comprehensive understanding of the state’s findings, procedures, and processes.  I then reviewed the article, Research and Practice, Our Take (2013) written by the Literacy Research Panel .  This article was written in response to the NCQT Teacher Evaluation Report.  This reading led to an additional writing of my response to the NCTQ’s findings.

Feeling like Sean Connery on the Hunt for Red October investigation, I’ve decided to tackle this topic in a series of writings.  In no way is this conclusive or a summative assessment but more of a simplistic appraisal of one or two findings, which have provoked response and reflection.  This series is formative in nature providing more feedback for improvements.Keep in mind that my brain often abandoned its mission as it wrapped itself around jargon, political undertones and substantive statics that rarely pointed to the competency, truth, or diversity of the teaching profession.  But in an attempt to be honest, there were some clear gems discovered throughout the course of this investigation that sparked thought and pride.

One such gem was the MCEE Report released in July 2013, and the council itself.  Can I just say, Deborah Lowenberg-Ball, Chairwoman, Dean of the School of Education at University of Michigan and all around “Rock Star” is the very definition of PROFOUND!  Her ability to critically analyze, produce, communicate, defend, advocate, develop, and support the profession of education should be applauded.  I hope to one day meet and work with her.  (Shameless Plug, I know)

Building an Improvement Focused System of Educator Evaluation in Michigan Final Recommendations was developed by the MCEE.  Its charge was an insurmountable undertaking and the council’s efforts also should be applauded.  These professionals accomplished in eighteen months, what would take most a decade to agree upon. The recommendations are thorough, and focused.  And more than anything they speak to the heart of education, children’s academic success!

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