District 113 Transitions to New Method of Evaluating Certified Staff Members

High School staff spends Institute Day learning Charlotte Danielson Model.

District 113 certified staff members will be evaluated using a new model next year.

“The state is changing a lot of legislation related to teacher evaluations,” Sue Hebson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Communication, said. “The education field is changing significantly; these are changes we haven’t seen in our field for decades.”

In an effort to preempt those modifications, District 113 is transitioning to the Charlotte Danielson Model.

Danielson designs teacher evaluation systems and is an internationally-recognized expert in her industry. She has created a rating system, which includes a research-based set of components of instruction. The model is divided into four main domains of teacher responsibilities, which includes 22 components and 76 smaller elements. The domains are: planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction and professional responsibilities.

According to Danielson’s website, “Each component defines a distinct aspect of a domain; two to five elements describe a specific feature of a component. Levels of teaching performance (rubrics) describe each component and provide a roadmap for improvement of teaching.”

District 113 spent Institute Day on Tuesday training employees on its structure and implementation.  

Deerfield and Highland Park high school’s current evaluation system is similar to the Danielson Model. However, the rubrics and evaluation language are much more specific, “This maintains consistency,” Hebson explained. “It helps teachers set some personal goals, fosters professional growth and promotes student achievement.”

District 113 will also have a better method of evaluating all sorts of employees. “We have had clear expectations for a teacher but we would always have to modify those expectations for a counselor or social worker,” she stated. “The Danielson Model has job specific rubrics, which in the past didn’t really exist.”

School systems across the country are adopting the method and others have been utilizing the model for years. “When people read the rubrics, they agree with the descriptors of what a strong teacher looks like,” Hebson said. 

“In general, it’s been really well received.”

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Mark Stein February 23, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I am stunned by District 113's statment that the state is not coming up with its own model. Of course, District 113 teachers are not represented by the Illinoius Education Association. Since I'm sure that District 113 won't take my word for it, I'd refer them to Page 26 of the Illinois State Board of Education's "Nonregulatory Guidance on the Performance Evaluation Reform Act and Senate Bill 7." I am referring to the version that was updated on January 17, 2012. There is an explanation of the statutory requirement that the state develop a model plan and how ISBE intends to go about that task. Mark Stein UniServ Director
John Russillo February 23, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Yes, that clearly states that if a district's joint teacher/admin committee does not come up with an evaluation plan, the district shall implement the "model evaluation plan established by the State Board of Education." It also states that "The PEAC is working diligently with national experts in the fields of assessment and teacher evaluations to recommend a "model" that will identify valid and reliable assessments." This implies that no model has yet been developed, so I'm not sure how Danielson could meet its requirements. District 113, please clarify your answer. Thanks.
Mark Stein February 23, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Everyone does expect that the Danielson model will play a major part in the state's thinking. However, it's impossible, at this time, to know exactly what the state will come up with.
District 113 February 24, 2012 at 03:57 PM
It is District 113’s understanding that the state is in the process of adopting the Danielson model. However, details have not yet been released and lawmakers have not said whether they will mandate the utilization of that model. In an effort to preempt those changes, District 113 is transitioning to the model now.
John Russillo February 24, 2012 at 04:04 PM
OK, so there's a possibility that the state may not mandate using the model at all. Thanks.


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