This NJ Spotlight roundtable gave attendees the chance to hear first-hand from the people who are working with New Jersey’s pilot teacher evaluation program, the controversial framework that’s already being deployed in schools across the state. Administration officials and participants in this Department of Education pilot — which will make student performance a key measure of teacher effectiveness — discussed what they’ve learned, what issues they’ve encountered, what works, and what doesn’t.
Ultimately, the evaluation system that comes out of this program could affect how tenure is awarded and withheld, the way schools are structured, what happens in the classroom, and different roles of different stakeholders, including the teachers’ unions.
Panelists: Laura Morana, Red Bank school superintendent; Carol Boehm, Red Bank music teacher, vice-president, Red Bank Borough Education Association; Brian Gismondi, West Deptford High School principal; Tanya Tenturier, Elizabeth math teacher; Peter Shulman, NJ assistant commissioner of education; Robert Fisicaro, pilot implementation manager, NJ Department of Education.
Chapter 1: Introductions and Opening Remarks
Includes an overview of the pilot’s first few months and an assessment by the state about progress and sticking points.
Chapter 2: Challenges and Questions
The new teacher evaluation program is not a standalone system but must be integrated into the classroom, the subject matter, the grade it is working with, and ultimately the entire school.