How to measure the worth of Los Angeles math teacher Kyle Hunsberger? The teacher at Johnnie Cochran Jr. Middle School works 60-hour weeks, constantly searches for new teaching ideas and makes every minute count in class.
I’ll be honest. I hate looking in the mirror. This daily routine usually first occurs in the pre-dawn hours and the typical results – groggy eyes and tousled hair (at least, what’s left of it) – leave me convinced that mirrors must have been invented by a sadist. Yet, while that first image is often painful (“What was I doing last night?”), the knowledge gained is invaluable.
In Los Angeles, where I teach seventh-grade math, our current teacher evaluation system is undeniably broken. Initially designed to be a robust observation protocol and rubric, our system has degenerated into a 10-minute checklist…
We’re teachers who believe that teacher evaluation, including the use of reliable test data, can be good for students and for teachers. Yes, yes, we know we’re not supposed to exist. But we do, and there are a lot more of us.
In recent months, both school districts and teachers unions have agreed that our current system of teacher evaluation is broken — but just how to fix it has been the topic of bitter debate.
California’s current teacher evaluation system is
broken. Fortunately, new, more useful teacher
evaluation processes are being developed and
implemented in forward-thinking districts and
charter schools across the state.
Six million, give or take. That’s how many children are in public school in California.
A national teachers union leader joined faculty at a Los Angeles middle school Friday to criticize a major school-improvement initiative within the L.A. Unified School District.