Date Approved

5-16-2002

Embargo Period

5-11-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sernak, Kathleen

Subject(s)

Salem Middle School (Salem, N.J.); Teachers--Rating of

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

Through the creation of a formative method and instrument of staff evaluations an ongoing cycle of evaluation and professional development will be encouraged for all middle school teachers. All data collection was conducted through individual interviews at Salem Middle School in Salem City School District. Team leaders from grades 4 through 8 and the team leader from the special education department participated in the interview process. The data was analyzed by the intern at the conclusion of all interviews. Analysis was conducted through coding which led to categories, themes and patterns.

Recognizing their own areas of improvement and assessing input from students and parents, the teachers feel their evaluation process can be enhanced. Through self-assessment, student and parent assessments teachers can gain input and take personal responsibility for their own growth and professional development. They can assess how they affect each of their students, which will help them focus their efforts where it counts, on student learning!

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