Understanding Seattle's Teacher Evaluation System: An Animated Video
In addition to meeting a new group of students
and settling into their classrooms, all Seattle teachers now have expectations
around the Professional Growth and Evaluation (PG&E) system as the
implementation of this system goes district-wide for the first time this
The PG&E, constructed on Charlotte
Danielson's assessment framework, was developed jointly by the Seattle
Education Association (SEA) and Seattle Public Schools. Instead of being rated
as simply satisfactory or unsatisfactory, teachers are now rated on a spectrum
of performance that allows for professional growth.
Teachers have a lot going on—especially this time
of year. In an effort to help everyone understand the new evaluation system,
the SEA has worked with the Center for Teaching Quality to create a short
animated video explaining how the system works. The video walks through the
observation process, the evaluation rubric, and the important role that
professional learning communities play along the way.
Please watch the 5-minute video and share with
your colleagues. Even if you don't teach in Seattle, we hope this model will
inspire discussion about other evaluation systems.
Jonathan Knapp, a high-school automotive
technology teacher and a humanitarian, political, and union activist, is
President of the Seattle Education Association.