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Online PLC: Be Sure Evaluators Know What to Look For


During the month of April, we will examine the place that assessment has in the lives of both educators and students. Keep this question in mind as you view, read, and share thoughts from this month's content: In what ways can we assess what we value?

“Teacher evaluations need to do more than reveal the nature of instruction as it is; they should also support teachers in their efforts to hone their craft.”

What are your non-negotiables when it comes to instruction? What if these aren’t on the rubric?

Rachael Gabriel asserts and supports with research that in order for teachers and children to grow, an evaluator of literacy should be able to observe and note four non-negotiables, as listed in the Digital Library article available for download below. If you are a teacher in a specific content area, you can certainly translate these into the work that your students do or should do each day to strengthen their learning.


Whether you are an educator or an evaluator, can you have the conversation about what you, as a school, truly value? By exploring when to “lean in” or “reach outside” an evaluation tool, we can deliver feedback to teachers that truly creates growth.

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Wondering where to connect online? Start by signing up below for Heinemann's Online PLC! Each week, we'll share content from the Heinemann Digital Library as food for thought and discussion. Our conversations can occur in comments here on the blog, on Twitter using #OnlinePLC or in our Facebook Group. Looking forward to sharing content, conversation and camaraderie!

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Topics: Education, PLC Series, Rachael Gabriel, Digital Campus, Evaluation, Professional Development

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