Teacher Supervision: Process

 

The effectiveness with which a teacher operates on the staff will be supervised by the principal or one of the assistant principals throughout the year.The key measurement of supervision will be classroom instructional observations.

 

 

Administrative Guidelines

  • The administrative staff will place each teacher in one of the categories identified in the model for teacher observation.
  • The principal and assistant principals each year will be assigned a case load of teachers for supervision.This designated administrator will be the ďprimary supervisorĒ for the teacher.
  • An annual individual supervision plan (ISP) shall be developed for each teacher.The primary supervisor and teacher will jointly develop the yearly ISP.
  • The year-end evaluative report will be written and based upon all components of the teacherís job description and work on the ISP.
  • Pre-supervision and review sessions may be held between an administrator(s) and each teacher during the school year, but are not required for an observation.
  • Copies of all supervisory reports will be submitted to the school office and are available for school board review.
  • The primary supervisor will seek input from the other administrators and the mentor (if one has been appointed) prior to writing the "Year-End Teacher Evaluation."
  • The primary supervisor will hold a year-end teacher evaluation conference and whenever possible will include the mentor and other administrators.

 

Frequency of Observations

  • Level one teacher will be observed for the purpose of evaluation at least three (3) times spread over at least a ninety (90) calendar day period during the school year.
  • Teachers who begin service after the opening of school will be observed three (3) times between their first day of employment and February 15.  Observations will be spaced as far apart as is practical.
  • Experienced teachers will be observed for the purpose of supervision at least once every three (3) years.  Additional observations may be made as deemed necessary by the administration.

 

Observation Overview

  • Classroom observations will be conducted openly and with the full knowledge of the teacher, and for a period of sufficient duration to allow the supervisor to reach valid conclusions.
  • A conference will occur within five (5) school days after the classroom observation unless the teacher waives, in writing, the right to the conference.  A report signed by the teacher and principal will be put into the teachers personnel file within seven (7) days after the conference.  The teacher will receive a copy of the report.  No teacher will be required to sign a blank or incomplete observation form.  In the event that the teacher feels his/her supervision was incomplete or unjust, he/she may put his/her objections in writing and have them attached to the supervisory report to be placed in his/her personnel file. The personnel file will be available for school board members to review.
  • Assistance will be provided to teachers upon recognition of professional difficulties.  For the purpose of this article, the term "professional difficulty" will apply to deficiencies observed in classroom management, instructional skill, and/or professional preparation.
  • Beginning with the conference after the classroom observation and at all track levels, an individualized instructional prescription (IIP) with specific appropriate direction will be offered to guide the teacher toward the solution of his/her particular professional difficulty.
  • The designated administrator and mentor will work in collaboration with the teacher to develop an annual supervision plan and an IIP (if required) for each teacher on staff.
  • Complaints to any administrator regarding a teacher that may affect the teacherís evaluation or continue employment will be promptly brought to the teacherís attention.  If the complaint is reduced to writing, a copy will be given to the teacher.