Dr. Outka presents at Dupree In-Service
Photo and story by Patty Peacock
While the local kids are getting school supplies together and selecting what to wear on the first day of school, the school staff is preparing classrooms and presentations and attending inservice meetings in preparation for the 2012-2013 school year. To kick off this year’s inservice, the Dupree School invited Dr. Janeen Outka to educate their staff further on the ‘Framework for Teaching (Fft)’ by Charlotte Danielson.
This framework has been adopted by the state of South Dakota and will be implemented, along with many other factors in five main categories, through a new process called the State Performance Index (SPI) in evaluating schools in the state beginning in 2014-2015. Previously, the schools were compared and evaluated through the Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) system which primarily considered test scores in math and reading for grades 3-8 and 11, attendance, and graduation rates.The key aspects of the Framework for Teaching (FfT), as shared by Outka with permission of the Danielson Group, include four main domains that administrator should be considering when evaluating their staff.
Domain One covers some of the ‘basics’ since it includes ‘Planning and Preparation’ topics like: demonstrating knowledge of the material, knowledge of the students and how they learn, setting goals, assessing students, and knowledge of resources related to their subject taught.
Domain Two is related to ‘The Classroom Environment’ and administrators are to look at the respect and rapport present between staff and their students, the learning environment, classroom management, and the actual classroom arrangements/order.
Through Domain Three ‘Instruction’ comes in the evaluation by studying how well the instructors are communicating with their students, how they handle the questions and answer process and hold discussions, and their flexibility in respect to assessment and their instruction plan (Are they considering what the students have actually learned before they have made plans to move on to the next section?).
Lastly, through the FfT process, Domain Four looks at the teacher in relation to their ‘Professional Responsibilitie.’ In this final portion, issues that are brought to light are checking to see if teacher reflects on their teaching, maintains accurate records (grading papers in a timely manner and keeping their grade up to date), communicates and somewhat regularly with families of their students, participates in their ‘professional community’/school and coworkers, and how are they continuing develop professionally as an individual (taking courses related to education/their field, being involved in their professional organizations, etc.).
Overall, the training was interesting and a great refresher most ‘seasoned staff’. These are things that most teachers do well already. However, is always good to get a reminder and have a discussion on importance and varying responsibilities within the profession prior to the beginning of a successful school year.