Next year, the evaluation process will be different for teachers because of a new Minnesota law requiring districts to create evaluation tools and processes that contain specific elements. One aspect of the law allowed districts to choose the state evaluation model, or to design their own. In a year-long process, Local 2209 and District 287 Administrators created a model customized to the needs of the district that was overwhelmingly ratified by a vote of 2209 members.
Jane Holmberg, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, and convener of the 13 member Design Team said, “There are several expectations in the teacher evaluation law that caused us to revamp our process for evaluating licensed staff beginning in 2014-2015. A district Design Team was chosen to collaboratively create an evaluation process that fits District 287. In my experience at 287, it was one of the best examples of a collaborative effort when many pieces of the district came together to create an excellent outcome.” Hear Jane's remarks.
More detail is available in the Overview of Licensed Educator Evaluation Process. This document also contains links to the comparison of the state model with our model and how the evaluation cycle will be established.
Local 2209 President, Bruce Mulder, sent a note to the members expressing his appreciation, “Thanks to everyone who made time to vote. We believe this plan will benefit licensed staff and also the co-workers and students with whom they work.”
Election Chair, Ben Drewelow reported that the District 287 Customized Model was ratified with over 99% of votes tallied in the "Yes" column.
Bob Bathke and Karen Bendtsen were recognized at a recent District 287 School Board meeting for their participation on the Evaluation Design Team on behalf of Local 2209.
Design team members include Collapse this story
Teacher Representatives: Karen Bendtsen, Paul Bennett, Alisa Anderson, Bonnie Rinker, Nancy Soliday and Bob Bathke
Principal Representatives: Lea Dahl, Paul Eastwold, Amy Sward, and Renee Soule-Chapman
Central Office Representatives: Anne Becker, Jane Holmberg, and Michelle Axell