Connecticut Library Media
Specialists’ Responses to the
State Teacher’s Evaluation
CASL Mini-conference
March 9th, 2013
Chase Collegiate School
Waterbury, CT
Mary Ellen Minichiello, CASL Vice-president and liaison to the state’s Student and Teacher Support
Specialists Working Group( an advisory committee to the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council
Connecticut Educator Evaluation
and Development (SEED)
Pilot Districts
 Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge
 Branford
 Bridgeport
 Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)
 Columbia, Eastford, Franklin, and Sterling
 Litchfield and Region 6
 Norwalk
 Waterford
 Windham
 Windsor
Resources for library media
 http://www.connecticutseed.org: This website is the official Connecticut
State Board of Education’s site on teacher evaluation and the SEED
program this year. It gives good information on all of the state’s
expectations in the evaluation process.
 http://ctcasl.ning.com: This CASLwebsite keeps you up to date on
Connecticut and national news about our profession. In addition to
blogs, there are tabs on resources and assessments, as well as other
subjects. Under the assessments’ tab are examples of different states’
rubrics for evaluation. The rubrics are specifically for library media
 http://www.connecticutseed.org/wpcontent/uploads/2012/10/CT_Framework_for_Teacher_Evaluation_and
_Support_Domains_1-4.pdf : This page is the framework tool being
used now in the SEED pilot.
PEAC Committee’s Expectations
 Only one framework tool will be used for teacher evaluations.
 All voices from the specialists in education should be heard
and recognized as the framework tool is revised.
 The framework tool is in flux and will be revolving, as the
PEAC Committee and the University of Connecticut’s Neag
School of Education continue to review results of the pilot
study and implementation of the framework in all districts
 White papers, which give important information about a
specialist’s position and environment in the school, will be
possibly included as an addition to the framework tool.
What the advisory committee has
 Create white papers for each specialist’s job description and
 Decide from this year’s SEED pilot program whether or not
the domain indicators work
 Add examples of what the teaching environment looks like
with descriptions under every indicator for specialists
 Change the wording of the four domains to the following:
1 Planning
2 Environment
3 Service delivery
4 Professional responsibility
 At the start of the school year, each educator will work with his or her
evaluator to develop their practice and performance goal(s) and SLOs
through mutual agreement. All goals should have a clear link to student
achievement and school/district priorities.
 Goals should be SMART:
 S=Specific and Strategic
 M=Measurable
 A=Aligned and Attainable
 R=Results-Oriented
 T=Time-Bound
Examples of SMART goals
 Library Media, Grades 3-5
By the end of the 2012-2013 academic year, all students will
improve their strategy skills in research and be successful in
75% or more of the end of the year assessment in their use of
Destiny, Webpath Express Grolier Online, and Infobits.
By keeping track of students’ progress from the first time using
the databases in September to the end of the year, the library
media specialist would be able to have samples of student
work done throughout the year and then create a simple end of
the year assessment using the databases.
Discussion and Questions
 What are some ideas that you would like me to reinforce
when I meet with the advisory committee in the next few
 If you are a library media specialist in one of the SEED pilot
districts, what is the evaluation process like for you?
 What are some suggestions to improve the process?
 What have you found that has worked in the evaluation
 What has frustrated you the most in this process?

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