This recent article from the Hechinger Report (Will New Teacher Evaluations Help or Hurt Chicago's Schools?) focuses on the experience of principals and teachers at three CPS schools (John Hancock and Jenner and Robert Emmet Elementary) where they've been implementing the new teacher evaluation program this year. The old one was insufficient, everyone agreed. The new one sounds like a lot of work. Is it worth it?
There's lots of first-hand reporting -- a principal hugging her teachers and playing music for them over the school loudspeakers during the strike -- and a good set of paragraphs linking the Chicago program to what's going on nationally. The article notes that CPS principals are also being evaluated in new ways, including school growth measures. But training on the new evaluation is lengthy, and this year has been notoriously full of distractions - the strike, the closings, the violence.
What's the process been like at your school? Has it dramatically changed the principal's job (or yours)? Is it going to help make teachers better and kids learn more, or is it too weak (or bad) and has this year been too distracting for it to have any real effect?