Local District Northwest - Teaching and Learning
EDST DROP-IN SESSIONSSupport sessions for AdministratorsAll sessions will be open from8:30 am - 4:00 pm.Drop in whenever you need assistance, or just a quiet place to work on EDST evaluations.
Friday, 4/28/17 1-4 PM Only!
The Educator Growth & Development: Teacher (EDST) cycle is the process used for teacher evaluation in our district. EDST offers teachers the opportunity for feedback from administrators on their practice, as well as reflection, self-assessment, and goal-setting for professional growth.There are a few differences this year in the EDST cycle . Here is an overview of the process for the 2016-17 school year:
Suggested Timeline and Due Dates
August - September
Initial Planning Sheet*
September (Due Date: 9/23/16)
Initial Planning Conference*
September – October (Due Date: 10/7/15)
Informal Growth Plan Visit (minimum of 1 visit required)*
September – MarchMust be completed by: 3/17/17
Formal Observation Cycle (minimum of 1 visit required)*
September – MarchObservation must be completed by: 2/17/17
Stakeholder Feedback Survey
November – December
Mid-Year Reflection (optional)
End-of-Year Reflection (optional)
Final Evaluation Conference*
Must be completed by 5/9/17* Indicates REQUIRED step in the EDST process
EDST Teacher Tools
USER'S GUIDES: The User's Guides below will help teachers navigate and complete the steps in the EDST process.
VIDEO TUTORIALS: There are also several video tutorials designed to assist you with your evaluation.
How do I access the MyPGS website?
To login to the MyPGS website, type the following link into your web browser:
You will be directed to a page that invites you to log into the website. Select the Login button and you will be directed to enter your email address and SSO password.
Where do we find the Lesson Design Template for the Formal Observation?
All the supporting materials for the Formal Observation will be found under the "Primary Activities" tab of the teacher's evaluation page on MyPGS. Open the section titled, "Formal Observation (Required)" to locate the Lesson Design Template, optional Teacher Reflection, Observation Notes, etc.
What is the deadline to complete the Formal Observation?
The Formal Observation must be completed by February 17, 2017.
What is the deadline for the Growth Plan Visit?
The Growth Plan Visit must be completed by March 17, 2017.
What is the difference between the Formal Observation and the Growth Plan Visit?
The Growth Plan visit gives the administrator the opportunity to observe a portion of a lesson and to provide feedback related to the Instructional Growth Objective, as well as other aspects of teaching. There is no formal conference required for this observation, and the teacher is not rated on the Focus Elements for this observation. The visit may be scheduled, or unscheduled.
The Formal Observation is an opportunity for the administrator to observe an entire lesson. This observation is always scheduled, and prior to the observation, the teacher should provide the administrator with a copy of the lesson plan for the day of the observation. The administrator and teacher will meet prior to the lesson to discuss the plan, and will have a second conference following the lesson observation to discuss the observer's notes, applicable student work, next steps, etc. The administrator will provide a rating on each of the 7 Focus Elements for this lesson, based on the evidence collected during the formal observation process.
When should we complete the Final Evaluation Report?
The Final Evaluation Report provides the teacher's overall evaluating rating for the year. It is based on a number of pieces of evidence, including the ratings from the Formal Observation. The final report should be completed in the Spring, as portions of this report relate to attendance and professional duties throughout the school year. The deadline to complete the Final Evaluation Report and conference is May 9, 2017.
EDST Resources - NW
BUL-5335.5: Performance Evaluation for UTLA Bargaining Unit Personnel
This Policy Bulletin provides direction to administrators regarding the performance evaluation system applicable to UTLA-represented certificated bargaining unit personnel for 2016-17.
ADMINISTRATORS: EDST Planning and Preparation Handbook
This handbook provides key information and guidance for administrators as they plan and prepare for EDST in 16-17.
ADMINISTRATORS: Aligning Evidence on the MyPGS Platform
The attached document provides instructions on two methods for adding your observation notes to the MyPGS platform and aligning them to the Teaching and Learning Framework.
Teaching & Learning Placemat
The placemat lists all the elements of the Teaching and Learning Framework, highlighting the 15 focus elements.
Focus Element Selection
For the 2016-17 school year, teachers will be rated in the Formal Observation on a total of 7 Focus Elements. The attached document describes how those elements are selected.
Teaching & Learning Framework--Focus Elements Only
This is an excerpt of the Teaching and Learning Framework that includes only the 15 Focus Elements.
EDST Timeline--Single Track Schools
Outlines the suggested timeline for completion of EDST events.
Initial Planning Sheet Template
A template for the Initial Planning Sheet teachers will create on the MyPGS platform.
Lesson Design Template
A template for Lesson Design that teachers may use to enter their lesson on the MyPGS platform.
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