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What are teachers asking about Advance?

Thousands of educators across the city have shared their experiences and questions about Advance during school visits, professional development, and feedback sessions. The two most frequently asked questions have been:

1) What support and training are my administrators being given to help them use Advance to evaluate teachers’ practice and support my development? and

2) I need more information about Advance and the Danielson 2013 Framework for Teaching. What training is available for teachers?

If you have additional questions about Advance, first reach out to your principal. You are also encouraged to visit the Advance Intranet page, which is updated frequently and is the primary location for materials to support the implementation of Advance (requires DOE login). Lastly, you are always welcome to email the Advance Help Desk if you have additional questions.

Question #1: What support and training are my administrators being given to help them use Advance to evaluate teachers’ practice and support my development?

Your administrators have been offered training opportunities and robust support throughout the 2013-2014 school year to help them successfully implement Advance in their schools. For example, the Danielson Group will provide a series of trainings for administrators on the Danielson rubric. In addition, administrators will receive ongoing on-the-job support to help them develop teachers’ understanding of how to use the Danielson 2013 Framework for Teaching rubric to improve their practice.

As you know, your principal serves as your lead evaluator and is responsible for determining your annual Advance rating. He or she must be certified annually in order to serve in this role. For a principal to achieve certification for the 2013-2014 school year, he or she must meet four criteria:
  1. Participation in seven hours of on-the-job support in the spring of 2013.
  2. View one webinar outlining the components of Advance and one outlining the components of Measures of Student Learning (MOSL).
  3. Attendance at School Team Training during the summer of 2013.
  4. Complete an online professional development activity using a video-based review of teaching practice, known as the Teachscape Framework for Teaching Proficiency System in the winter of 2013-14.
Question #2: I need more information about Advance and the Danielson 2013 Framework for Teaching. What training is available for teachers?

You will have several professional development opportunities throughout the year. Each month, the DOE will provide professional development for teachers on the Danielson 2013 Framework for Teaching (See “PD Opportunity: An Introduction to the Danielson 2013 Framework for Teaching” for information about upcoming sessions). In addition, schools have allocated three hours each month of professional development time that may include PD on Advance.

If you’d prefer to learn at your own pace, there are numerous online professional development resources on ARIS Learn (requires DOE login). These resources allow you to explore the Danielson Framework components, take self-assessments, create learning plans, and participate in online modules that let you work by yourself or in groups, at your own pace, from any computer.

Still want more information on Advance? Check out two of the most popular online modules, designed to introduce you to Advance and the Danielson Framework for Teaching, under “Learning Opportunities” on ARIS Learn:
  • Introduction to Danielson Framework for Teaching: Summer 2013. These materials introduce Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and explain how you can use it as a common language to describe and discuss teaching practice. (You can also search by “LO” code for this Learning Opportunity: LO 703.)
  • Introducing your Staff to Danielson Components. These materials help school teams build their familiarity with using the Framework for Teaching to discuss teaching practice. Resources include a facilitation guide and handouts, as well as suggested activities for whole staff, team based, or individual exploration of the Framework. (You can also search by “LO” code for this Learning Opportunity: LO 467.)