Degree Date

9-2014

Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Harrington Gibson

Abstract

Numerous states have contributed to the overhaul of teacher evaluation systems by imposing mandatory guidelines for the development of new measures. The purpose of this Change Leadership plan was to build upon my research “Principal Perspectives on the Current State of the Art of Teacher Evaluations: A Program Evaluation” which revealed a need to investigate how teacher evaluation systems could be transformed by integrating technology to streamline the process and thus improve teaching and learning. Therefore, this Change Leadership plan aimed to address two important questions. How is technology being used within current teacher evaluation systems? Within current teacher evaluation systems, how could technology be used to streamline the teacher evaluation process? The survey data gathered from school principals in this study revealed there are multiple ways to use technology to support the teacher evaluation process. These include: conducting observations using mobile devices such as the iPad, purchasing software that can be used for walkthroughs, utilizing video documentation and other digital technology to support documentation, and providing timely feedback to teachers informing them of their evaluation results.

The current educational climate offers a momentous opportunity to ultimately change the culture of teacher evaluations by developing systems that holistically support teaching and learning. In addition, our current trajectory of advancements in digital transformation supports the feasibility of integrating technology into teacher evaluation systems to streamline this process and better support teachers in the improvement of their practice.

 

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