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Race to the Top Survival Guide for Georgia Districts and Schools

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Georgia has won Race to the Top funding. Districts in Georgia that participate in Race to the Top have clear expectations based on the memorandum of understanding that was signed. Districts must come up with a final scope of work by November 21 that describes how these requirements will be met. iObservation has capabilities that will allow your district or school to meet a number of these requirements.

Georgia Requirements for Race to the Top Participants

Georgia RequirementiObservation Solution
Conduct annual evaluations of teachers and principals that include timely and constructive feedback.iObservation establishes an evaluation system with a multi-faceted view of professional practice. iObservation collects evidences from multiple data sources including formal observations, classroom walkthroughs, peer assessments, and self assessments. The system ties classroom level student achievement data to specific teaching practices.
Provide effective, data-informed professional development, coaching, induction, and common planning and collaboration time to teachers and principals that are, where appropriate, ongoing and job-embedded.iObservation conveniently offers online professional development resources that are targeted to individual areas of need. The library of articles, rubrics, and videos are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. iObservation professional development can make an immediate impact on teaching practices.
Develop clear professional development priorities at the LEA level to provide targeted professional development programs for teachers and principals. iObservation directly connects professional development resources to areas of need identified in evaluations for each individual. Evaluation data can also be aggregated to show areas of need for a department, grade, or school.

Source: Georgia Participating Local Education Agency Memorandum of Understanding, Exhibit I – Preliminary Scope of Work

iObservation has developed solutions to meet Race to the Top requirements with the nations top education experts including Charlotte Danielson and Dr. Robert Marzano. The result is a system that incorporates student achievement data, teacher observations, leadership observations, and performance evaluations into a comprehensive view of school performance.

Race to the Top will challenge Georgia districts and schools to develop whole new approaches for evaluating teachers and increasing teacher effectiveness. iObservation provides a proven, research-based approach that allows educators to handle these changes with confidence. There are a number of options to learn more about Race to the Top solutions with iObservation:

  • Download Dr. Marzano's whitepaper on Developing Aligned Systems for Race to the Top
  • Sign-up for an upcoming free informational webinar
  • View our offerings based on frameworks from Charlotte Danielson, Dr. Robert Marzano, and Dr. Douglas Reeves
  • Contact our representative for Georgia, Robert LaGrassa, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 717-845-6300 x 161.
  • Email us with your questions