Strategies to Maximize Teacher Evaluation Systems & Tools

Focus Area: Principalship


Pathway: Understanding

Available July 1, 2022


Most educator evaluation systems are designed to determine levels of proficiency and effectiveness while revealing areas of opportunity and growth. Supports that facilitate growth in practice are often embedded and can be used to leverage real-time coaching opportunities. However, these tools when underused or misused can undermine the goal of improving teaching and learning. When an evaluation instrument is focused and enacted more on highlighting teacher deficiencies with no ongoing cycle of observation, feedback, and coaching, trust in the process is eroded. Combined with a lack of transparency, pervasive distrust breeds apathy and educator dissatisfaction. Teaching early principals strategies to mitigate the cycle of distrust can help ensure teacher evaluation systems and tools are growth-centric tools used to maximize results.  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


  • Clearly define the key purpose(s) of teacher evaluation
  • Identify trust and transparency as critical attributes of effective teacher evaluation processes
  • Examine real-world to evaluate principal actions and behaviors



  • Self-select one C to focus on in practice and build a plan for addressing and  increasing trust and transparency 
  • 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