Educator Evaluation

Shifting the Focus to Conversations that Promote Professional Growth

Professional Development

Through an initial full day followed by three 3-hour sessions, 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 and will run September 29, 2021 through November 17, 2021. Virtual sessions will be held on the below dates:

  • September, 29, 2021; 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • October 20, 2021; 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • November 3, 2021; 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • November 17, 2021; 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Registration Deadline: Sept 22

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $300 for member districts, and $330 for non-member districts.


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    Patricia Kinsella has served as an educator, union representative, and administrator for over 30 years. Her experience spans PreK-12 in a wide range of districts (rural, urban, well-resourced, financially-challenged) and programs. The consistent thread that runs through all of her work is a belief that a strong system of public education is the cornerstone of a thriving and equitable society.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981