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Teacher Evaluation: Where we stand

In a rare convergence of opinion, almost everyone agrees that today’s checklist approach to teacher evaluation is not working for students, teachers, or administrators. Reform advocates pushed for changes in the 1980s, but they came to naught. Will the results be different this time around? Will meaningful teacher evaluation and compensation be adopted in Chicago, in Illinois, and across the nation? What can we learn from the various “pilots” of the past decade in Chicago and elsewhere? Are we trying to solve too many problems with one tool? Will we “get it right?”

Listen in as a panel of three education experts considers the past, present, and future of teacher evaluation. Audrey Soglin, executive director of  the Illinois Education Association and member of the Illinois Performance Evaluation Advisory Council, provides an update on the Council’s work to develop new teacher evaluation rules and a model evaluation plan for districts. Alicia Winckler, chief human capital officer of Chicago Public Schools, speaks to where CPS is moving with teacher evaluation and compensation. Andrew Broy, president of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, talks about how charter innovations can contribute to the debate.

Recorded Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at the Union League Club of Chicago.

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