Defining and Measuring Teacher and Principal Effectiveness

ASCD Forum

How should we define teacher and principal effectiveness? And how can we measure educator effectiveness? To help answer these questions that educators grapple with year in and year out, we’re looking to you!

Your ideas and discussion will fuel the first ever ASCD Forum which we’re kicking off on Tuesday, January 22 on ASCD EDge®, our professional networking community for educators. In the ASCD Forum group, you’ll be able to contribute blog posts of your own, comment on posts from other educators, take a brief survey and more. If you don’t already have an ASCD EDge account, join now.

In addition to the ASCD EDge group, you can also join us on Twitter on January 22 from 3 – 4 p.m. eastern time for a chat with our ASCD Director of Public Policy David Griffith. Use the #ASCDforum hashtag to ask us any questions you have about the process and about how ASCD will use this information.

To help guide the forum, ASCD is dividing it into five two-week periods and each period will focus on a different aspect of teacher and principal effectiveness. For example, we’ll discuss the underlying research and validity of educator evaluation systems, the use of evaluations and their effects on recruitment, retention and advancement, as well as the role of ongoing professional development in supporting and sustaining educator effectiveness.

For those educators attending this year’s Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, we’ll be hosting a town hall-style session moderated by our ASCD President Debra Hill. If you’re joining us at Conference in Chicago or via Virtual Conference, be sure to check out the ASCD Forum session on Sunday, March 17 from 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. central time and tweet along with #ASCDforum.

Leave us a comment or email constituentservices@ascd.org with any questions regarding the ASCD forum. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts and how you think teacher and principal effectiveness should be defined and measured, and we look forward to sharing our findings with you after the forum concludes on April 12.

Tina Byland is a public relations and social media professional on the ASCD Communications team. She helps manage various ASCD social media channels and the ASCD Inservice blog, while also working in traditional media outreach. Before joining ASCD in 2013, she was a pre-kindergarten teacher in Annapolis, Md. and a selector for D.C. Teaching Fellows. Prior to teaching, Tina has six years of public relations experience.