GRANT PARTNER IMPACT STORY
Pivot Learning Partners REDESIGNING TEACHER
& PRINCIPAL EVALUATION SYSTEMS
Research confirms that of all in-school factors, teacher quality is the strongest determinant of student achievement. Yet teachers themselves assert that the evaluations they receive don’t improve their ability to help students succeed in the classroom. Rather than promoting meaningful and customized discussions about how to improve teacher success, most evaluations are compliance-driven checklists that take up valuable time, with minimal results.
Experienced senior leaders from Pivot Learning Partners designed a series of interactive training and workshop sessions for district teams. In addition to helping curate and lead the workshops, Full Circle Fund Members lent their expertise to synthesize complex research on teacher and administrator evaluation systems. Members helped to assemble information about best practices from districts across the county into actionable information that participants could integrate into their work.
A host of other issues, such as insufficient training of evaluators, an absence of robust teacher/principal performance rubrics that effectively measure student learning, and a strong disconnect between school policy, human resources, and those responsible for teacher evaluation all contribute to the ineffectiveness of many teacher evaluation systems. To improve teacher effectiveness and student progress, we need to find a better way to evaluate our educators.
Team Members from participating districts used these materials to develop their own district-specific plans and tools for redesigning teacher and principal evaluation systems. Pivot Learning Partners then leveraged this work in order to improve districts across the state. While the project has officially ended, the work is continuing in many of the districts involved.
THE MISSION Pivot Learning Partners seeks to revitalize public education by developing the education leaders and building the education organizations of the future.
SNAPSHOT GRANT TERM:
In partnership with Full Circle Fund, Pivot Learning Partners created the North Bay Collaborative for Teacher and Principal Effectiveness, which convened 11 districts to study and revise teacher evaluation systems. The goal was to initiate a process that would both improve outcomes for thousands of students and provide a more professional and fulfilling working environment for teachers and school leaders.
– Dr. Merrill Vargo Executive Director Pivot Learning Partners
95 EDUCATORS IN 11 SONOMA COUNTY DISTRICTS DIRECTLY WERE IMPACTED BY THIS PROJECT.
“We truly benefited from Full Circle Fund’s actionoriented philanthropy. They provided the financial support to seed 11 new district teacher evaluation redesign projects, and worked shoulder to shoulder with us to curate and facilitate four very effective workshops.”
8 DISTRICTS HAVE
MOVED FORWARD WITH THE EVALUATION REDESIGN, SERVING APPROXIMATELY
23,000 STUDENTS PIVOT SECURED
$15,000 IN NEXT
ROUND FUNDING FROM STATE FARM AND
4 NEW FEE-FOR-SERVICE CONTRACTS WITH SONOMA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS MEMBERS CONTRIBUTED HOURS, SAVING
PIVOT AN ESTIMATED
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