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Race to the Top Survival Guide for Maryland Districts and Schools

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Maryland has won Race to the Top funding. Districts in Maryland 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.

Maryland Requirements for Race to the Top Participants

Maryland RequirementiObservation Solution
Design and implement evaluation systems for teachers and principals that include multiple measures, with student growth being a significant factoriObservation 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. iObservation establishes an evaluation system with a multi-faceted view of professional practice.
Conduct annual evaluations of teachers and principals that include timely and constructive feedback with data on student growthiObservation is an online evaluation system for supervising and supporting effective teaching. The system collects data from classroom observations, peer assessments, self-assessments, and student performance, and allows supervisors to provide timely feedback to teachers and principals. iObservation identifies specific areas of professional practice where an individual needs improvement and maps differentiated and targeted professional development to that need, resulting in clear, consistent, and effective support.
Use evaluations to inform professional developmentiObservation directly connects professional development resources to areas of need identified in evaluations for each individual. The resources are available in an online library with 24/7 access. Evaluation data can also be aggregated to show areas of need for a department, grade, or school.
Use evaluations to inform removal of ineffective teachers and principals using rigorous standards and fair procedures.Evaluations with iObservation are equitable, but rigorous, by establishing a common language of instruction based on the district's or school's desired model. A common language ensures that all participants - teachers, coaches, administrators - have a clear understanding of what effective practice looks like. iObservation also promotes sharing and discussion of evaluation data between teachers and observers to facilitate a process that is open and fair.

Source: Maryland 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 Maryland 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 Maryland, Beth Carr, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 717-845-6300 x 170.
  • Email us with your questions