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Administration – The Start of A New Year

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Administration – The Start of A New Year: Things to Think About


The start of the school year is right around the corner and along with it are your teachers’ appraisals.  Timely, effective appraisals of your teachers translate into effective instruction and successful students.  With some planning now, teacher appraisals can be effective and efficient.  Here are a few things to think about:

  • Know your district calendar and timelines.
  • Start your appraisal year off on a good note with teacher orientation and informing your staff of your expectations.
  • Classroom walkthroughs are a necessary and very effective tool to know what kind of instruction is taking place.  Frequent walkthroughs consistently reduce office referrals and classroom issues.
  • Constant communication with your staff about your expectations and finding out what their expectations are help to relieve the pressure and concern that comes with appraisals.
  • Building a culture of trust and respect between you and your staff begins with frequent and honest two-way communication about appraisals that starts the day the teachers step back on campus.

With some early planning and a little work upfront, you and your staff will be set for a strong instructional year.