CA school districts make new investments in teacher evaluation

San Juan Unified SD has created a teacher evaluation program that began in 2016 as a joint effort between the school district and its teachers’ union. The System of Professional Growth, utilizes 12 “peer facilitators” who have stepped away from the classroom and are now working full-time evaluating and mentoring other teachers in the district.

Although the district has used peer review for many years, the program had been limited to helping and reviewing struggling teachers. The new system allows all teachers due for a regular review the opportunity to receive feedback from another teacher as part of the evaluation process.

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