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K-12 Professionals

Making the Most of Teacher Evaluation

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 12, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $295

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

Schools and districts across the country have found in Charlotte Danielson’s Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching a tool to promote and assure quality in teaching and continual professional learning for educators. Danielson offers an evaluation system that compels its users to address the fundamental questions of how good is good enough in teaching and good enough at what exactly? How do we know and who should decide? Educators will learn a range of functions for the Framework, from supporting self-assessment and reflection to providing formative assessment of teachers’ practice to providing support for improving their practice. A panel of administrators with experience implementing the Framework in their schools and districts detail necessary steps to implementation and guidelines to facilitate the process. Karyn Wright and her panel add to the discussion considerable detail about what constitutes evidence of teaching practice, where and how to locate relevant data, and how to read that data. They also augment the course’s consideration of professional learning’s role in teacher evaluation, returning to the Framework itself and scrutinizing the role of mentoring and inducting. Educators will come away prepared to instigate and utilize this evaluation system that has been adopted and touted by so many—teachers and administrators alike.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • Teacher leaders’ and principals’ potential uses of the Framework.
  • Attitudes and dispositions about teacher evaluation.
  • What constitutes evidence of teaching practice.
  • How to promote professional learning.
  • Tools to support improvement of instructional practice using the levels of performance.
  • How to reflect on practice.
  • General evaluation procedures.
  • How to use the Framework across the career spectrum.

Student Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, educators will apply the following skills:

  • Promote collaborative and self-reflection on teaching practice.
  • Utilize a common language to discuss teaching practice.
  • Use the Framework in the capacity of teacher leader or principal.
  • Collect and analyze evidence of teaching practice.
  • Conduct observations and professional conversation.
  • Promote professional learning.
  • Execute evaluation procedures.
  • Use the Framework across the career spectrum.

About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. Effective January 1, 2015 the cost of this course will be $499.00.

NOTE: Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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