Dean's Lecture Series : Teacher Evaluation: What Really Matters for Effectiveness and Improvement

Presented by Professor Linda Darling-Hammond Stanford University

Teachers are the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement, and how teachers are prepared and supported throughout their careers is vital to their success.

Teacher evaluation systems are being overhauled in many countries. In the United States, the changes are major, including new observation systems and use of student test scores to rank teachers. A debate about best methods is underway worldwide. It is critical at this time that we take advantage of research on what matters and what works to produce greater effectiveness for teachers, lest reforms undermine learning rather than advancing it.

This lecture will make a compelling case for a research-based approach to teacher evaluation that supports collaborative models of teacher planning and learning. Darling-Hammond offers a vision of teacher evaluation as part of a teaching and learning system that supports continuous improvement, both for individual teachers and for the profession as a whole.

Thursday, 30 January, Theatre Q230, University of Melbourne.