Leveraging Calibration Conversations for Growth

Focus Area: Principalship


Pathway: Understanding

Available July 1, 2022


When there is no trust in the integrity and fidelity of evaluation tools and instruments, the chance of using that system to improve teacher practice is almost nonexistent. In order “to establish quality teacher evaluation practices, evaluators must be fair, their work must be valid, and the judgments they reach about a teacher’s practice must be reliable” (Miller, 2018, p. 2). As instructional leaders, principals play a pivotal role in leading “calibration conversations” among educators. Calibrating ensures ratings given to teachers are consistent interpretations of the criteria used for evaluation, regardless of who the observer might be (Miller, 2018). Principals that consistently leverage calibration significantly amplify teacher evaluation processes that lead to improvement in practice.  Within this topic, BL Coaches will use the Communities of Practice (COP) principles to lead principals in fostering trust and confidence in the teacher evaluation process through increased transparency and support.


This coaching experience is designed for early (1-3 years) and aspiring principals aiming to strengthen their leadership practice. 


  • Virtual Group Coaching
  • 2-hour monthly Community of Practice(COP) group experience followed by 1:1 coaching sessions
  • Up to 15 participants per cohort
  • Principal Cohorts based on district selection
  • Participants will need a camera, microphone, and a Zoom-enabled device


I can consistently leverage trust and transparency to maximize the use of teacher evaluation systems and tools to facilitate educator growth.

Learning Experience


  • Define calibration and examine its role in teacher evaluation processes.
  • Reflect, share, and exchange feedback on current calibration practices



  • Use key considerations for leading calibration work to devise a plan for facilitation at campus-level
  • Plan to share completed plans and exchange feedback on the Community Discussion Board as a follow-up to the COP to prepare for 1:1 coaching