Florida District Selects Program to Help Improve Teaching Effectiveness

To help achieve its goal of improving teachers’ instructional delivery and effectiveness, Washington County School District (WCSD) in Chipley, FL has selected Teachscape, provider of Web-based solutions and services to improve teaching practice. Teachscape will help the district’s administrators and teachers collaborate on data-driven professional learning based on teacher evaluations using Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching (FFT).

“We recognize that high-impact instructional practices greatly improve student achievement,” said Bill Lee, director of school leadership and management at Washington County School District. “And our work with Teachscape will allow us to make sure we are implementing effective teaching practices across all grade levels.”

Teachscape is providing WCSD with a set of tools the Teachscape Focus observation training and assessment system and the Teachscape Reflect evaluation and observation system based on the FFT. These tools will help administrators to conduct fair and reliable evaluations and teachers to understand the framework by which they are being evaluated. This process aims to lead to a common understanding of effective teaching and a collaborative approach to diagnosing and improving teaching practice.

“Our approach to evaluations is not to be punitive; it is to help teachers improve,” said Lee. “This research-based, proven framework and methodology supports the professional learning needed for our district to continually improve.”