Educator Evaluation

Shifting the Focus to Conversations that Promote Professional Growth

Professional Development

This course will help evaluators understand the requirements of the MA system and clarify their own philosophy of evaluation. Our approach will center on promoting ongoing conversations between evaluators and the individuals that they evaluate, in order to build trust; use high-quality observation data; and contribute in specific ways to forward movement.

For evaluators in their first three years of practice and experienced evaluators seeking to revitalize their existing practice.

Participants will:

  • Deepen their understanding of the MA Ed Eval system
  • Clarify their own beliefs around educator evaluation and the role of the evaluator
  • Practice a variety of techniques (manual and digitial) for gathering useful data during classroom observations
  • Practice effective ways of using observation data to initiate and sustain professional conversations
  • Identify strategies for streamlining the writing of formative and summative observation reports so that more time is available for debriefing conversation with evaluatees

Audience and Grade Level

Evaluators, PreK-12


15 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of this training, in addition to outside reading and assignments (as per DESE regulations).

Date and Location

This workshop is fully online. Virtual sessions will be held on the below dates:

  • August 8, 2022; 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • August 9, 2022; 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • August 10, 2022; 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • August 11, 2022; 8:30am - 12:30pm

Registration Deadline: Aug 1

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $365 for member districts, and $395 for non-member districts.


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    Mark Jackson has almost 30 years experience as a middle and high school principal. He began his career as a history teacher and coach. Currently, he works as a consultant for the Collaborative for Educational Services. 

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A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day. Or for Early Childhood Professional Development information, please call 413.588.5570.