Improving Teacher Evaluations

Self-Directed Evaluation Conversations


As wide-spread reform in teacher evaluation sweeps across the United States, school districts are responding by developing new professional performance review protocols for use in the evaluation process. Experts agree (Danielson & McGreal, 2000; Hammond 2013: Silverberg & Jungwirth, 2014) however, that it is not the evaluation instrument, but the evaluation process, particularly the communication between the evaluator and the teacher, that will determine whether or not evaluation supports growth and learning.

The maps and tools of Cognitive Coaching℠ offer the skill set needed for administrators and supervisors to conduct an evaluation process that supports professional development and promotes self-directedness in those they are evaluating.

This 2-day session is specially designed for administrators who have not taken the Cognitive Coaching Foundation Seminar. Participants will learn one conversation structure, the four basic tools of Cognitive Coaching℠ , along with concepts and practices related to giving feedback and supporting thinking. This knowledge and skill can be integrated into any evaluation system in order to bring a growth-producing dimension often missing from traditional evaluation.

Self-Directed Evaluation Conversations - Day 1 of 2

Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 8am-3pm

2413 West Maple Avenue

Flint, MI

Location for Day 1
  • Genesee Intermediate School District, Erwin L. Davis Education Center, Room ABCD

Self-Directed Evaluation Conversations - Day 2 of 2

Wednesday, March 30th, 8am-3pm

G-5081 Torrey Road, Flint, MI

Location for Day 2
  • Genesee Career Institute, Weekdays Conference Center, Rooms 1-2-3

Fee is $260

Partial funding provided by Michigan Department of Education FAME Project.

Trainer - Jane Ellison, Training Associate

Jane Ellison has been an integral part of the Cognitive Coaching℠ community since 1989. Entrusted with the leadership and perpetuation of the work by Art Costa and Bob Garmston, she has served as the Executive Co-Director of Thinking Collaborative with Michael Dolcemascolo and the Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Coaching℠ with Carolee Hayes.

Jane was the Director of Elementary Education for Douglas County School District Re.1 from 1988-1998. She was a principal for 15 years — 4 in Douglas County, Colorado and 11 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Her teaching experience is in the primary grades and the graduate college level.

She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and Social Sciences from SMU, an M.Ed. in Elementary Supervision from the University of North Texas, and an Ed.D. in Administration from VPI&SU , Blacksburg, Virginia. ”

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