Conducting Teacher Evaluation and Feedback (Preview)

Part 1: Intro & Objectives

Along with providing effective professional development, leaders must also be able to evaluate individual teachers. This module investigates essential components for conducting meaning teaching observations and providing feedback to teachers.

After completing this lesson you will be able to:

  1. Recognize important components of an effective teacher observation/evaluation process.
  1. Identify how action research can promote self-reflection for teachers and improve teaching and learning.

Part 2: Demonstration Videos

Before watching this video, consider the most important components of teacher evaluation and feedback as well as peer feedback.

How can you use teacher evaluation to improve instruction?

Now that you have watched the video, you probably have some feelings and opinions about the school leaders behavior. Below are some questions and statements to consider and discuss and even write down before talking to a colleague about them:

  1. What are the most important parts of teacher evaluation?
  1. How can you implement a peer observation model to improve feedback?
  1. From the brief clips of the evaluation post meeting, what things did you notice. Who behaviors did you notice from the school leader in those meetings?

This video includes educators discussing teacher evaluation. The video addresses peer observation as well as school leader evaluations. The evaluation process is discussed from the view point of a peer, teacher, and school leader.

Part 3: Resources & Activities


Due to copyright law, several readings cannot be hosted on this site. However, we encourage you to ask for assistance locating materials from your library media specialist. Many library services are freely available to educators.

Creating a Comprehensive System for Evaluating and Supporting Effective Teaching

A comprehensive overview of creating a teacher evaluation system is provided in this article. The authors throroughly address each of the major components of a successful teacher evaluation system.

Darling-Hammond, L. (2012). Creating a comprehensive system for evaluating and supporting effective teaching. Stanford, CA. Stanford Center for Opportutunity Policy in Education. Retrieved from

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Leading Action Research in Schools

This article addresses how action research can be used as an effective way to promote self reflection by teachers and improve student achievement. Two case studies are presented in this article that illustrate the benefits of action research in schools.

Hewitt, R., & Little, M. (2005). Leading Action Resarch in Schools. Available online at:

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Part 4: Review & Reflect

Please address the following questions and issues below. If you have difficulty, go back and review the lesson.

  1. What are some of the most important components of an effective teacher evaluation program?
  1. How can action research improve classroom instruction?
  1. How can action research be part of teacher evaluation, observation, and feedback?

Create an outline for a teacher evaluation process that you would use as a new school leader.

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