High-performing district to improve teaching effectiveness through collaborative professional development based on fair and reliable teacher evaluations
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Flagler County Public Schools (FCPS) in Bunnell, FL has adopted Teachscape to help improve teaching effectiveness as the district continues to work toward its goal of becoming the nation's premier learning organization. Teachscape's comprehensive online training and tools will allow teachers and administrators in the high-performing district to collaborate on professional learning based on fair and reliable teacher evaluations using Charlotte Danielson's 2013 Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument (FFT).
"Teachscape is a first-class organization that will provide our educators with the training and support needed to help them excel," said Vernon Orndorff, Race to the Top coordinator of Flagler County Public Schools. "By investing in our educators and their continual professional growth, we are investing in our students and their future."
Through the use of the Teachscape Focus observation training and assessment system, administrators and teachers will develop a common understanding of the FFT and gain confidence that the evaluation process will be fair and reliable. The Teachscape Reflect observation and evaluation management system will help administrators and teachers focus on specific areas in which teachers can build their skills and collaborate on their professional learning, at both the individual and school level.
"Evaluations are done with teachers, not to teachers," said Orndorff. "We recognize that teacher evaluations are a high-stakes process and we want to do everything possible to ensure they are conducted collaboratively in a fair and reliable way."
FCPS is the latest district in Florida to choose Teachscape to help improve teaching effectiveness. Teachscape is currently being used in well-respected Florida school districts such as Duval County Public Schools, Escambia County School District, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Liberty County School District, Sumter County School District, and Washington County School District, in addition to states throughout the country, including Pennsylvania, Illinois, Kentucky, and Rhode Island.
To learn more about Teachscape, visit www.teachscape.com.
Teachscape uniquely combines innovative technology, engaging content and expert services to develop great teachers. From its classroom observation training and technology to its powerful web-based content delivery platform, Teachscape's award-winning products and services have been inspired by its dedication to sparking transformative change in teaching practice. Since 1999, Teachscape has worked with schools and school districts, charter networks, archdioceses, universities and state education departments to measurably and continuously improve the effectiveness of educators to produce gains in student achievement. Teachscape's partners include Charlotte Danielson, ETS, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stanford University, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to help shape its vision, its products, and its strategies. To learn more about Teachscape and its complete collection of professional development offerings, go to http://www.teachscape.com.