Professional Growth
and Evaluation Newsletter
This is the third Professional Growth and Evaluation Newsletter for the 2020-2021 school year
As you begin the last weeks of the school year, we acknowledge how busy and stressful these weeks can be. Add to it that we feel like we have just started the year, while also ending the year at the same time. My hope is that you are able to reflect on your positive work with your students in spite of the stress of this unprecedented year.

The current issue of the PG&E newsletter contains NEW information: videos to assist with eVAL and eVAL webinars, as well as information from past newsletters, including important dates from the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and information about the updated Student Growth rubrics and reflection questions.
Upcoming Evaluation CBA Timelines
IMPORTANT DATE: June 5, 2021
Certificated Employees Year-End Conferences Completed
  • By June 5, you should have met with your evaluator to have a summative evaluation conference and discuss your end-of-year summative performance rating.
  • The performance rating must be determined by the preponderance of evidence over the course of the school year. This evidence is gathered through observations and artifacts.
  • If an evaluator does not rate an employee [performance] as Distinguished in a domain and the employee believes [their practice] is Distinguished, the employee will have the burden of proof.
  • If an evaluator believes that an employee [performance] as Basic or Unsatisfactory in a domain, the evaluator will have the burden of proof to show evidence for the rating.

IMPORTANT DATE: June 10, 2021

Certificated Employees Summative Evaluations Completed
  • All evaluations of certificated employees must be completed by June 10.
  • For classroom teachers on eVAL: Click on View Report in eVAL (this serves as your digital signature). Provide a final comment (ex: received) to ensure the evaluation is marked complete.
  • For non-classroom educators: Reports must be viewed. You should receive your summative report in an email for your review. A reply of acknowledgment of the report serves as your digital signature.
  • Your signature is to indicate receipt of the evaluation. It does not imply that you agree with the contents of the evaluation. You have the right to add additional comments or a rebuttal to your Summative Evaluation.
Responding to Student Growth Questions
A document has been created to help walk you through the process of responding to the Student Growth Reflection questions. These questions were created in response to the updated 3.2 and 6.2 Student Growth rubrics (linked below).
The reflection questions have already been loaded into eVAL and may be sent to you by your evaluator. You can respond to the questions in eVAL or share your reflections with your evaluator during the summative conference conversation.
You will need to gather feedback from students about student learning and share your reflection with your evaluator, specifically how that information allowed you to modify instruction during remote learning.
Reflection Questions for Student Growth 3.2 and 6.2:
  • What are the assets students bring to their learning?
  • What are some possible factors that may have impeded students learning? How do you know? (If the student(s) didn't show up, why not?)
  • What do you believe worked for students who met/exceeded learning targets?
  • What do students have to say about how they experienced their learning? What do students see as important to their success? What do they see as factors that may have impeded their learning?
  • With these understandings in mind, what are your next steps to ensure they access this learning?
  • What are your takeaways as a teacher for the instruction/assessments? What will you do again? Stop doing? Do differently?
Student Growth 8.1:
Although the rubric for Student Growth 8.1 did not change this year, the Professional Growth and Educator Support (PGES) committee drafted and reviewed suggested reflection questions for teachers to use to reflect on their work in 8.1. Responses to these reflection questions can provide evidence that will allow evaluators to score work in 8.1.

Reflection Questions for Student Growth 8.1
  • Why did you choose your particular 8.1 goal and how did the goal setting process work with your team?
  • In what ways did your collaboration with colleagues impact your instructional practices?
  • As your PLC/learning team reflects on the learning outcomes of the instructional period, are there patterns you can identify? Were there barriers or factors that impeded learning for some students? What worked well for students who met or exceeded the learning/goal target.
  • What are your next steps? Please differentiate based on student success.
Since the language in the rubric specifically addresses teacher reflection, reflecting on these questions is a crucial piece of the evaluation of student growth goals for this school year. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your work with students and speak to the great work you are doing everyday.
The reference document linked below has been created to walk you through the process of responding to the reflection questions. It was created for both teachers and evaluators.
Questions regarding information found in this newsletter?

Try asking someone in your building first. Who can you ask?
  • Your principal/evaluator
  • Your Consulting Teacher
  • Colleagues
  • Your SEA building rep

Still stuck?
  • For assistance with eVAL, send your question(s) to eValHelp@seattleschools.org
  • For assistance with TPEP or the Danielson Framework, send an email to Lindsay Berger, PGES Program Manager or Alison Bishop, TPEP PD Specialist
  • For assistance beyond your SEA building rep, contact your SEA Uniserv Rep



This section is for certificated classroom teachers. You will find information to support and help you manage the evaluation process in eVAL. 
Uploading Artifacts in eVAL
As you monitor progress toward your student growth goals, you may have artifacts you'd like to upload into eVAL to use as evidence in your evaluation. This video will walk you through the process of uploading evidence into eVAL. If you have a Smart Card, it can be helpful when aligning your evidence to the Danielson components. Remember to share your artifacts with your evaluator when ready.
Viewing your Summative Report
When your evaluator sends the summative evaluation report to you, you can review it in eVAL. By clicking "View Report" you are providing your digital signature of acknowledgement. By adding a final note, you can ensure the report is marked complete and locked.
Saving all eVAL Data
Every year, for data privacy reasons, all evidence in eVAL is erased in late July. Before the end of the school year, you need to create a zipfile of all your student growth goals, observation reports, summative reports, and any other information you have stored in eVAL.
eVAL Webinars:

WHO: Teachers who are new to using eVAL or those who want a refresher.
WHAT: Webinar that covers how to view and respond to the summative evaluation report and create a Zipfile of all eVAL data.
WHEN:
  • June 2 2:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Teams. Limited spots available in each webinar in order to make it more interactive. (Each training is the same; sign up for the one that works best for you).
HOW: Sign up for the webinar you want here. You will be sent a link to the webinar a few days prior to the training.
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Phone: 206-743-3542

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