This qualitative case study analyzed a teacher development and evaluation program implemented in an independent school district in Southeast Minnesota. Teacher effectiveness is a complex construct, which makes teacher evaluation challenging. Three stakeholder group’s perspectives were analyzed in this multiyear qualitative case study. Through interviews, teachers and administrative team members’ perspectives were gathered in the 2011-2012 academic school year and the implementation team members’ perspectives were gathered five years later in the 2016-2017 academic school year. The qualitative data was analyzed to answer the research sub-questions: (a) how and to what extent did the 2011-2012 implementation of the district’s Teacher Professional Growth Protocol build a foundation to meet the 2014-2015 Minnesota Statute requirements on teacher evaluation?, (b) how and to what extent did the district’s Teacher Professional Growth Protocol engage teachers in reflective practice focused on growth?, and (c) how and to what extent did the district’s Teacher Professional Growth Protocol build a foundation for continuous improvement? Triangulated data indicated commonalities as well as discrepancies in perspectives resulting in two lessons learned: (1) research and practice align; bridging the two is a concern; and (2) continued and expanded application of implementation science is needed for system effectiveness. There is a discrepancy bridging research and practice, which this study demonstrates. The findings indicate a strong need to reallocate time to meet the needs of a public school district to develop its teachers and to grow their effectiveness.
|Advisor:||Pye, Yvette L.|
|Commitee:||Germundsen, Richard, McClure, Jack, Wahlstrom, Carl I.|
|School:||Saint Mary's University of Minnesota|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational evaluation, Educational leadership, Education Policy, School administration|
|Keywords:||Educational policy, Program evaluation, Teacher development/evaluation, Teacher effectiveness|
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