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Connected Teaching

Currently, teacher evaluations are designed to evaluate the individual teacher. However, this is not representative of the reality of the teacher experience. Student success occurs as a result of a network of teachers and people connected to a student’s life inside and outside of school. Formal evaluations are not yet capable of attribution (designation of a teacher as the primary focus of an evaluation) and dosage (how much credit should be given to each). A teacher’s ability to fully “know” a student relies on a solid relationship with school administrators (managing student behavioral issues), counselors (supporting student’s personal issues), and parents or caregivers (a teacher’s partner in student accountability). The interdependence of these relationships is invaluable for student success, yet this is often overlooked and not prioritized within the feedback system.