The Block Island Times

Administrators hone evaluation skills

By Gloria S. Redlich | Jan 05, 2012

Administrators hone evaluation skills

Co-Principals of the Block Island School John Canole and Karen Kurzman announced this week that the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) was mandating that administrators be trained in a new rubric for evaluating their staff.

A new teacher guidebook says, “Research has shown that teacher quality is the single most important school-based factor influencing student achievement,” and teachers must be offered the “guidance and support they need to be successful.”

The new system will be implemented in 2013 and is meant to meet a set of established goals within districts, including establishing clearly stated expectations for educator quality, emphasizing professional and intellectual growth of faculty members and creating an organization supporting “collective professional growth.”

Kurzman said the staff have already begun taking a series of workshops provided by the state.

Upcoming programs and activities

A two hour workshop, led by parent, educator and author Bill Corbett, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on January 11 in the school library. The program is entitled “Eight Tips for Creating Cooperative Kids: aged 18 months to 18.”

National Honor Society is currently sponsoring a Food Drive, with collection boxes set up at two sites: at the school and in the Island Free Library. The drive will continue through the first week of February. The fund will benefit Helping Hands, an island nonprofit that distributes food, clothing, and other household items to those in need.

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