"For the past few years the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) has worked with Teaching and Learning Solutions (TLS) to provide training and support to school administrators. The DOE requires school administrators to be trained in the Danielson Framework for Teaching (FFT) and to meet certification standards to conduct evaluation observations using the FFT. TLS has played an instrumental role in providing the expertise around this work. TLS is truly a partner, working along side us to meet our training needs, timelines, and to also meet the unique needs of our school administrators. All of this is done while maintaining rigor and fidelity to the FFT. We are appreciate the collaboration and responsiveness of Dr. Miller and TLS." Iris Tomita HI DOE Administrator of Professional Development
Honolulu, HI
"Teaching and Learning Solutions has been a partner with LAUSD since the beginning of our district's collaborative development of tools and processes for ensuring objective observation of teaching practices (2010). This work continues to enable our teachers to receive the feedback they deserve in order to grow as professionals. Together with members of the TLS team, LAUSD has created frameworks that provide clear descriptions of the complex work of teaching, and designed and provided professional development for both observers and classroom teachers, to ensure that, as a district, we share common language and a clear lens through which to view, reflect upon, and enhance teaching and learning, to ensure high quality learning experiences for every student. This work has grown to include the development of frameworks for site administrators as well, so that educators' evaluations and feedback conversations are grounded in objective observations and are focused in support of student learning. I'm proud to have worked closely with TLS to launch and sustain this work in the nation's second largest school district!" Debra Laidley Administrative Coordinator
Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA
Services TLS offers customized consulting and professional development on a variety of educational topics. We work with states [NY], school districts [LAUSD], and organizations [AFT], as well as with small schools to build internal capacity to sustain the work.
Teacher & Principal Observation/Evaluation
  • Development of evidence-based teacher observation/evaluation models
  • Use of standards-based criteria to assess teacher and principal effectiveness
    • E.g. Framework for Teaching, NYSUT Teacher Effectiveness Rubrics on ISLLC standards for school leaders
    • Development / revisions of teacher effectiveness rubrics to ensure relevance to local context
  • Supporting systems/districts to establish internal processes to monitor and supervise teacher and principal observation and evaluation practices
    • Assessing validity of observations and evaluations
    • Processes to ensure fidelity to the model
    • Systems training/support to develop internal expertise to lead the work
  • Facilitating training for all stakeholders.
    • Observer training on the criteria and ongoing assessments of inter-rater reliability and inter-rater agreement
    • Teacher training on the criteria and protocols included in evaluation model
    • In-depth training to build understanding of teaching practices most aligned with effective levels of performance (for teachers and observers)
  • District-wide diagnostic observations to establish baseline data of teacher effectiveness
  • Coaching for observers; paired observation, analysis of observation artifacts
  • Assistance to districts in the writing of TIF grants to support their work in teacher and principal evaluation
Inter-rater Reliability & Evaluator Calibration
    • Training and assessment of observer/evaluator skills and accuracy
    • Supporting districts to establish measures to ensure continued inter-rater reliability
    • Analysis of data to determine degrees in rater reliability, and recommendations for professional development to improve observer consistency
    • Developing observer understanding of the scoring priorities
    • Internal training of assessment teams to build capacity to sustain the work without continued consultation
  • Platform training and support of calibration / observation "engines" to calculate and determine observer reliability and agreement
  • Provide in depth statistical analysis and reporting of calibration results
  • Annual training for New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Accreditation Team Chairs
  • Conferences to support schools in attaining the NEASC Committee on Public Secondary Schools (CPSS) Standards for Accreditation
    • Annual Spring Accreditation Conference
  • Annual Fall Assessment Conferences
  • Support to district / school accreditation steering committees
    • Preparing for the self-study
    • Understanding the standards and building faculty capacity
    • Facilitation in the development of school-wide values and beliefs and 21st century learning expectations
    • Development of school-wide rubrics to assess the learning expectations
Professional Development
  • Formative Assessment: Professional development to build teacher skills in the use of on-going formative assessment practices
    • Diagnostic formative assessments to uncover student understanding and skills
    • Immediate adjustment of instruction to meet students needs
  • Various Professional Development
    • Literacy / writing in al content areas
    • Instruction for ELL students
    • Teaming / Collaboration
    • Small Learning Communities / PLC / TLC
    • Other?