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December 14, 2021

Embracing the Power of Video Use in Teacher Evaluations

Assistant superintendent, Stephanie Hofer shares how her team is embracing the power of video use in teacher evaluations in EdWeek’s latest opinion piece.

At the Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township, we never planned to begin using video for our instructional-coaching and instructional-leadership programs, let alone in our evaluations. We won a grant through the Teacher and School Leader (TSL) Incentive Program that gave us the opportunity to access a video-coaching platform to help us improve teaching, instructional coaching, and student achievement within our district. When the pandemic hit, we were not forced to make any significant shifts in our plans, but it was the catalyst for our district to go all in on video coaching and begin using asynchronous video for teacher evaluations with the full support of our teachers’ union.

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