Norfolk Public Schools believes that the professional practice of teaching is a complex process that is cognitively, emotionally, and physically demanding. Therefore, the process for teacher supervision and evaluation should be authentic, evidence-based, and truly reflect the actual work of teachers. Teacher supervision and evaluation should be designed as a growth experience for teachers as well as a positive and insightful process that uses feedback to improve instructional effectiveness and increase student learning.
The Norfolk Public Schools Teacher Supervision and Evaluation Process is based on professional trust and collaboration. The process divides the complex work of teaching into four major domains: Planning and Preparation, The Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professional Responsibilities.
Though the primary purpose of supervising teachers is to improve instruction and, therefore, maximize student learning, there are many other functions that supervision of instruction performs:
- to promote a positive environment for professional growth and student development.
- to enhance performance and instructional effectiveness so that student learning improves.
- to identify and promote characteristics and qualities of excellent teaching.
- to establish an atmosphere that enhances instructional improvement.
- to provide an objective assessment of overall performance based upon evidence.
- to identify high expectations for teachers and students.
- to support state law, board of education policies, and the district's guiding documents.
- to establish professional goals that will improve teaching and learning.