WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS
Presents a Senior Seminar by:
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Carswell Hall 118
“Promoting Effective Teaching Through Comprehensive Evaluation Systems”
5:40pm – 6:00pm
Teachers live at the forefront of education; they are the ones in classrooms with students each and every day. As such, a quality teaching workforce is imperative to have a successful educational system—whether it be a single classroom, a school, or an entire district. But how do we know what a quality teaching workforce looks like, and how can we ensure students get the quality teachers they deserve? In my talk, I address the idea behind this question by examining the role teacher evaluation has in creating better teachers. To do so, we must first understand what it means to be an ‘effective teacher,’ so I explore the theory and research underlying our ideas of quality teaching as well as methods for assessing teachers. Secondly, I examine the implementation of a specific teacher evaluation model currently used in Washington, D.C. to lay the framework for a comprehensive system. Lastly, I apply the theory of effective teaching and its evaluation to a local context: the teacher evaluation model used in North Carolina public schools. Ultimately, I analyze teacher evaluation data to showcase the potential impact a comprehensive evaluation system can have on teacher effectiveness and the ways administrators can use such systems to benefit both their teachers and their students.