Proposed ISD 709 Teacher Development and Evaluation Plan Available for Review
State law requires all Minnesota public school districts to have a teacher development and evaluation plan in place by the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. Many districts, including ISD 709, are developing their own local plans within requirements outlined in state statute.
A copy of the proposed ISD 709 plan has been emailed to all teachers, principals and administrators.
Please review and be familiar with this document - members of the Duluth Federation of Teachers are scheduled to vote on the plan May 21, 2014. If the local plan is not passed by both the DFT and the Duluth School Board, ISD 709 will revert to the Minnesota Department of Education’s plan.
If the local plan is approved, the document and process can be adjusted to respond to the evolving needs of our district.
FAQ - Teacher Development and Evaluation
How does the Teacher Development and Evaluation law (122A.41) impact me?
As part this state law, all teaching staff have a three-year cycle of collaboration with peers and observation by administrators.
How does this differ from Duluth’s current model of observation?
Our current model is based on Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching. Our district will continue to use this model in our peer review process and formal observations.
What if I have a non-classroom teacher unit position? Am I included?
If you are a teacher under the contract, you are included under this law. Some elements of the overall district plan may differ slightly, but the law still governs this category of employees.
What are the major components of this state initiative?
Through the plan, teaching staff will have a three-year cycle of collaboration with peers and observation by administrators. Our current observation model is based on Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching. The draft plan continues to use this model in our peer review process and formal observations.
The law requires that tenured teachers be observed on the same three-year cycle. Non-tenured teachers are to be observed three times a year for the first three years. The proposed plan reflects this cycle.
The law requires use of student performance data and student engagement data as a means of assessment.
Per state statute, the proposed plan requires at least 35% of evaluation to be based on student performance data and 5% be based on student engagement as assessed by the Danielson Framework.
The final and largest portion of the evaluation is based on teacher practice as assessed through formal observation and portfolio evidence. This, too, is reflected in the local plan.
Who has been working on this for the last year and a half?
A committee of representatives from across the district and from a variety of content areas and grade levels, along with principals and administrators from all levels and various sites have worked on this plan. An earlier draft of the plan was presented to all Quality Leadership Team; their suggestions were incorporated into subsequent drafts.
Where can I find more information?
A comprehensive document has been provided as an attachment to all teaching staff via this e-mail. The Education Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Education websites have resources as well.