Building Trust in Teacher Evaluations
It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it
- Shelly M. Arneson - Consultant with Charlotte Danielson Group
Foreword by Charlotte Danielson
Classroom Organization | School Culture & Climate
Your breakthrough approach to top-notch teacher evaluations!
This hands-on professional development guide explores the critical ingredients of communication and trust for success in the new age of teacher evaluation systems. Recognized expert Shelly Arneson provides concrete, proactive strategies to help school leaders:
- Create and sustain a supportive, honest, and collaborative school culture
- Foster effective communication and build teacher-principal trust
- Conduct evidence-based observations and evaluations
- Hold effective follow-up conversations that nurture teacher growth
- Promote teacher self-assessment and reflection
Includes absorbing real world vignettes, reflection questions, and ample modeling examples for quick success. Before heading into an observation or post-observation conference you’ll find quick nuggets of wisdom you can reference again and again. Use this informative guide to transform the teacher evaluation process today!
" An absolute essential for any bookshelf of the novice or seasoned administrator. . . . Really hits home on how trust is essential for effective evaluations. . . . The book covers all angles of why trust and evaluations go hand in hand."
—Jason Eitner, Superintendent
The Lower Alloways Creek School District, Canton Salem, NJ
"In order for student growth to make a positive impact you, as the instructional leader, need to make a positive impact with your teachers; this starts with trust and building a better teacher via evaluations. This book will lead you in that direction!"
—Elizabeth Alvarez, Principal
John C. Dore Elementary School, Chicago, IL
"This book should be a staple to every administrator. An absolute essential for any bookshelf of the novice or seasoned administrator. . . . Really hits home on trust and how trust is essential for effective evaluations and if you really want to do anything with an evaluation. . . . The book covers all angles of why trust and evaluations go hand in hand."
"School personnel—administrators, teachers, and support staff—need to be reminded about the immensely important role that trust and effective communication play in school culture and climate, and this book addresses that point quite well."
"As an administrator, we all deal with evaluations every day. This book allows you to begin knowing your teachers but especially knowing yourself as an evaluator. In order for student growth to make a positive impact you, as the instructional leader, need to make a positive impact with your teachers; this starts with trust and building a better teacher via evaluations. This book will lead you in that direction!"
"Dr. Arneson’s research-based Building Trust in Teacher Evaluations is an effective and practical guide for those interested in building trust and creating a more authentic and fertile evaluation environment. Every school leader interested in improved communication and improved teacher performance should read and heed!"
"As school districts across our country are developing and implementing new teacher evaluation systems, I found Building Trust in Teacher Evaluations to be a timely, wonderful, and much-needed resource.
Dr. Shelly Arneson’s use of personal anecdotes as a teacher, counselor, principal, and consultant, and even as a pet lover, are often shared with humor and so easy to relate to for anyone who is or has ever been involved in the school setting. I found myself endlessly nodding in agreement throughout the chapters. Information based on research is shared in language free of a lot of educational jargon which contributes to the reader-friendliness of this book.
If I were still an active assistant superintendent, I would purchase a copy for each administrator in my district and make arrangements for us to do a mandatory book study together. During our book study, we would discuss the value of the principals following suit with their own building-level book studies of Building Trust in Teacher Evaluations.
To ensure readers know what to do in order to implement trust-building and communication strategies straightaway, Dr. Arneson’s book provides easy-to-use, common-sense approaches and examples practical to the educational field, especially with our current national prominence on developing and implementing new teacher evaluation systems."
"As school leaders stand at the threshold of a world of mandated changes, Dr. Arneson offers real life scenarios and applicable strategies for strengthening trust and communication between school administration and teachers.
Dr. Arneson's proactive approach to trust and communication should be explored by all school leaders who are not only focusing on the everyday challenging tasks of a school administrator, but for those administrators who are ready to reflect and strengthen their own practices.
Dr. Arneson's unparalleled and profound insight on trust and communication is a testament for all school leaders to explore."
"As a teacher leader with over 30 years of experience, I found Chapter 5, “Teach the Process” of Dr. Arneson’s book to be the best advice any district could follow to build solid trust among all stakeholders in communicating the truth about the evaluation process. If teachers are well-informed participants, they will be actively involved and everyone will learn from one another to advance practices of teaching."