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Race to the Top Survival Guide for North Carolina Districts and Schools

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North Carolina has won Race to the Top funding. Districts in North Carolina 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.

North Carolina Requirements for Race to the Top Participants

North Carolina RequirementiObservation Solution
Design and implement a multi-metric teacher and principal evaluation system.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. iObservation establishes an evaluation system with a multi-faceted view of professional practice.
Include a comprehensive range of ratings beyond a simple satisfactory or unsatisfactoryiObservation uses a multiple level rating system based on the frameworks of Dr. Robert Marzano, Charlotte Danielson, Dr. Douglas Reeves, or a custom system based on a district's needs.
Conduct evaluations for teachers and principals that that are integrated with the district’s beginning teacher support program and include observations on the core effective practices.iObservation establishes a common language of instruction that ties together induction programs, professional development, mentoring, and other initiatives. Evaluation tools in iObservation are directly linked to definitions of core effective practices to align observations and feedback with desired outcomes. iObservation also allows peer and mentor observations to further support new teachers.

Source: North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina, Robert LaGrassa, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 717-845-6300 x 161.
  • Email us with your questions