Appraisal & Development Tools

HISD is committed to helping teachers thrive in the classroom because when our teachers succeed. The appraisal and development system does just that---ensuring that all teachers receive the individualized feedback and support they need to reach their full potential in the classroom.

If you are an appraiser, click on the appraiser tab in the left-hand column to access resources on the appraisal and development system.

If you are a teacher, click on the teacher tab in the left-hand column to access resources on the appraisal and development system.

Subcategories

  • Teachers

    This section is intended to give teachers general information and resources on the appraisal and development system.

    • General Information
    • Appraisal Process

      The appraisal process has several components:

      • Conferences:  Three conferencesa Goal Setting Conference in the fall, a Progress Conference in the winter, and an End of Year Conference in the spring.
      • Observations:  At least two observations of at least 30-minutes in lengthone prior to the Progress Conference, and the other prior to the End of Year Conference.
      • Walkthroughs: At least two walkthroughs of at least 10-minutes in length, one prior to the Progress Conference and the other prior to the End of Year Conference.
      • Ongoing, Comprehensive Feedback: You will receive feedback on your performance throughout the year.
    • Professional Development

      Four key features of the appraisal and development system ensure that you have access to development opportunities that help you do their best work in the classroom at every stage in your careers.

      • Development plans that will guide your professional growth
      • Individualized learning and development activities that are job-embedded and customized to each of your specific areas of focus in your development plan.
      • Self-Reflection on your practice throughout the year
      • Teacher Development Specialists that will provide you with individualized and small-group support by coaching, providing feedback, and connecting you with appropriate resources.

      This section is intended as a resource for teachers to build effective teacher development plans and includes specific guidance on how to build effective IPDPs and PPAs, as well as links to the forms and additional resources.

       

  • Appraisers

    This section is designed to provide appraisers with general information and resources on the appraisal and development system.

    • General Information
    • Appraisal Process

      The appraisal process has several components:

      • Conferences:  Three conferencesa Goal Setting Conference in the fall, a Progress Conference in the winter, and an End of Year Conference in the spring.
      • Observations:  At least two observations of at least 30-minutes in lengthone prior to the Progress Conference, and the other prior to the End of Year Conference.
      • Walkthroughs: At least two walkthroughs of at least 10-minutes in length, one prior to the Progress Conference and the other prior to the End of Year Conference.
      • Ongoing, Comprehensive Feedback: You will provide teachers with feedback on their performance throughout the year.

      The following section provides resources on each component of the appraisal process for appraisers.

    • Professional Development

      Four key features of the appraisal and development system ensure that teachers have access to development opportunities that help them do their best work in the classroom at every stage in their careers.

      • Development plans that will guide each teachers professional growth
      • Individualized learning and development activities that are job-embedded and customized to each teachers specific areas of focus in their development plans.
      • Self-Reflection on teachers practice throughout the year.
      • Teacher Development Specialists that will provide individualized and small-group support for teachers on campuses by coaching, providing feedback, and connecting teachers with appropriate resources.

      This section is intended as a resource for appraisers to build effective teacher development plans and includes specific guidance on how to build effective IPDPs and PPAs, as well as links to the forms and additional resources.

    • Leadership Tools

      As an appraiser, it is your responsibility to:

      • Observe your teachers and provide them with frequent, formative feedback aligned with the Instructional Practice rubric
      • Support your teachers professional growth by ensuring they have opportunities to acquire new knowledge and skills
      • Connect your teachers with high-quality, job-embedded professional development opportunities directly tied to their focus areas and professional targets.

       

      This section includes resources to support appraisers in implementing the appraisal and development system and includes documents providing detailed guidance on the systems components, examples of best practices from appraisers around the district, video exemplars, and much more.

  • Student Performance

    This page is intended to provide appraisers and teachers with information and resources on the Student Performance component of the appraisal and development system.