The second in a series of NJ Spotlight Roundtables with educators participating in New Jersey's teacher evaluation pilot, the controversial framework for measuring teachers and principals in the state's public schools. Teachers and administrators, along with officials of the state Department of Education, will discuss what they've learned so far, what issues they've encountered, what works, and what doesn't.
Following up on the March 2012 Roundtable, "Previewing the New Teacher Evaluation," this session will focus more on schools that have been required to join the pilot, largely due to low student performance. Nineteen schools from districts such as Jersey City, Newark, and Paterson have been mandated to revamp how teachers are evaluated, including the use of student performance as a key measure. The evaluation system that comes out of this program could affect how tenure is awarded and withheld, the way schools are structured, and what happens in the classroom.
Carolyn DelPiano, teacher, Snyder High School, Jersey City
Bob Fisicaro, Implementation Manager, Excellent Educators for New Jersey, NJ Department of Education
Gemar Mills, principal, Malcolm X Shabazz High School, Newark
Tanya Tenturier, fourth-grade math teacher, Elizabeth, NJ
Diane Torman, school improvement supervisor, Jersey City Public Schools
John Mooney, education writer and co-founder, NJSpotlight