Improving the Effectiveness of Educators in Ireland by developing a National Teacher Evaluation Framework

Improving the Effectiveness of Educators in Ireland by developing a National Teacher Evaluation Framework
Resolution for YFG National Conference 2013, Tower Hotel Waterford
Saturday 23 November
Presented by: Dublin West YFG

Recognizing:

• That, as one of the most significant resources in schools, teachers are critical in raising educational standards and improving the efficiency and equity of schooling depends, in large measure, on ensuring that teachers are highly skilled, well resourced, and motivated to perform at their best.
• The changes in the Irish Educational landscape with the new Junior Certificate where teachers will assess their own students' work mean that this is the right the time to ensure that our educators are of the highest standard in Ireland.
• The catalyst for this national evaluation model comes during a time when much emphasis is being placed on the important contribution of education in leading countries out of economic hardship. Undoubtedly, teachers in our classrooms today are laying down foundations upon which young people will grow and flourish.

Acknowledging:

• That meaningful teacher evaluation involves an accurate appraisal of the effectiveness of teaching, its strengths and areas for development, followed by feedback, coaching, support and opportunities for professional development.
• That it is also essential to celebrate, recognize and reward the work of teachers.
• That promoting teacher evaluation is in the national interest, as well as serving students and their families within communities. Teachers need feedback on their performance to help them identify how to better shape and improve their teaching practice and, with the support of effective school leadership, to develop schools as professional learning communities.
• By having a national teacher evaluation model, the hiring of teachers within Ireland will become more structured and transparent, with a clear framework upon which teachers would be evaluated.

Young Fine Gael calls on:

• The Minister for Education to developing a conceptual framework to analyze teacher effectiveness in all schools in Ireland including: character and nature of teacher, use of ICT in the classroom, use of innovative learning methodologies in the classroom, student engagement in, 'on task' learning, teacher portfolio of work consisting of resources, differentiated learning resources, special educational resources and critical reflections.
• The Department of Education to develop a national standards matrix
• Every school to partake in this evaluation process in conjunction with Government School Self Evaluation policy where the evaluators will consist of the following key people: teachers (either internal or external to the school), inspectors from the Inspectorate in the Department, school leaders.
• The Schools to make the details of the evaluations to be made public to introduce transparency to the process.

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