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Tony Frontier and Paul Mielke
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In too many districts, evaluation of teachers ensures competence but does little or nothing to encourage and support expertise. In this thought-provoking and groundbreaking book, Tony Frontier and Paul Mielke address this issue head-on, combining the conceptual and the practical by offering a compelling vision of teacher growth, along with nearly three dozen step-by-step protocols for working with teachers. They present a powerful rationale for reconceptualizing teacher evaluation by creating a balanced system of three equally important components:
Each component is discussed in terms of its purpose, premise, processes, practices, and payoffs. Revealing examples based on the authors' experiences in classrooms across the country show what evaluation, supervision, and reflection look like when they’re not done well—and what they could look like if done more effectively.
Providing insight and inspiration, Making Teachers Better, Not Bitter paves a clear path to better teaching and helps you acknowledge and support the hard work that teachers do every day to make learning come alive for their students.
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"Too often it is assumed that observation leads to improvements in student learning. Valid and reliable evaluation can 'measure' what teachers do, but the emphasis too often is on accountability—not improvement. Building on trust, Frontier and Mielke address this imbalance. By providing the processes and protocols that empower educators to effectively reflect on their professional practice, teachers can actually improve their teaching. Here's how to optimize the impact on student learning."
"Teacher evaluation will soon be in a state of flux given that the grand scheme to use teacher evaluation to 'weed out' ineffective teachers and 'reward' effective teachers has simply not worked because the movement was solely focused on measuring teachers as opposed to helping them grow. Frontier and Mielke have provided a template for the new era of teacher evaluation. It is based on sound research and theory, sound insights, and, most importantly, the right vision for the future."
—Robert Marzano, CEO, Marzano Research
TONY FRONTIER is a consultant, award-winning educator, and assistant professor of leadership studies at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He consults internationally on topics of effective instruction, student engagement, teacher supervision, and school leadership. He is coauthor of Five Levers to Improve Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School, and a frequent contributor to Educational Leadership® magazine. Read more
PAUL MIELKE is superintendent of the Hamilton School District in Sussex, Wisconsin. He is an adjunct faculty member at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, where he teaches courses in teacher evaluation and organizational learning. He began his career in education in 1999 teaching English and coaching football, and has also served as a high school assistant principal/athletic director, a high school principal, and a middle school principal. Read more
instructional leadership | school and district management | teacher effectiveness and evaluation | teacher effectiveness and evaluation | teacher engagement and motivation | teacher leadership
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