Calcasieu Parish Public Schools Selects Teachscape to Help Improve Teaching

Calcasieu Parish School System (CPSS) in Lake Charles, LA, has selected Teachscape to support the effectiveness of teachers and administrators in its 21 priority schools, those designated as high-need. CPSS, the fifth largest district in the state, will guide professional learning based on instructional data collected during teacher evaluations. Administrators will be trained and assessed on Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching (FFT).

“Evaluations are critical to improving teaching outcomes, and ultimately the achievement of our students,” said Lauren Beckham, project coordinator for The PROGRESS Project, which provides support resources for the district’s priority schools. “To make sure the evaluation process is both fair and effective, we have to ensure that observers are seeing teaching practice through a common lens using the FFT and then using the instructional data collected to personalize the professional learning process for teachers.”

Teachscape will be used as part of the district’s Compass evaluation system, which is designed to provide educators with feedback on their performance, as well as professional development support aligned to educators needs to foster continual improvement. Using the Teachscape Focus Observation Training and Assessment System, administrators will be able to conduct evaluations based on the FFT. Outcomes from evaluations will inform teachers’ ongoing professional learning, using the research-based professional development resources in the Teachscape Learn Professional Learning System.