Designing Comprehensive Evaluation Systems: Summit V: Supporting Principals as Instructional Leaders in the Observation Process, with a Focus on AZ College & Career Ready Standards Integration

Published: December 6th, 2013


Arizona Framework for Measuring Educator Effectiveness

Sunday, February 9, 2014-Monday, February 10, 2014

Doubletree Resort by Hilton Hotels Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, AZ

Sunday, February 9, 2014: Registration, 9:30-11:30, Summit V, 11:45-5:00

Monday, February 10, 2014: Breakfast, 7:00-7:45, Summit V, 7:45-4:00


Partner Organizations




Charlotte Danielson

The Danielson Group

Keynote Speaker, Sunday, February 9th

Charlotte is an internationally-recognized expert in the area of teacher effectiveness, specializing in teacher evaluation systems that ensure teacher quality.


Janice Poda

Council of Chief School Officers (CCSSO)

Keynote Speaker, Monday, February 10th

Janice is the Strategic Initiative Director for Education Workforce where she leads the work of assisting states with developing and implementing coherent and comprehensive systems of educator effectiveness.


Break Out Sessions

Coherence Alignment Process presented by Lynn Holdheide, Deputy Director Center, Great Teachers and Leaders:  Explore a process to ensure that your teacher observation system is aligned and supports the kinds of teaching practices demanded by the AZ College and Career Ready Standards (ACCRS).

Overview of Resources to Support Implementation of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards, ADE K-12 Academic Standards Staff :  Explore the most current and valuable resources available to effectively implement ACCRS, as well as the purpose of the resources, who they would be most beneficial for, and how they might benefit a principal as an instructional leader.

A Deeper Dive into Considerations for Implementation of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards and Application of the EQuIP Rubric, ADE K-12 Academic Standards Staff:  This session will provide tools such as a consideration framework and the EQulp Rubric, (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) which identifies high‐quality materials and leads to understanding of what is expected in ACCRS’s rigorous instruction needed for implementation and effective teacher evaluation.

Principal Evaluation/Vertical Alignment present by Dr. Deb Duval, Executive Director, AZ School Administrator Association: Explore the connections among principal and teacher evaluation and the supports necessary for the evaluators of principals, as principals as evaluatees and principals as evaluators of teachers.

Merging Teacher Evaluation and the ACCRS, presented by Charlotte Danielson, The Danielson Group:  The Framework for Teaching shares important underlying assumptions with the ACCRS, in particular the emphasis on conceptual understanding and cognitive engagement in challenging content. These are not, however, easy to implement, as they make new demands on both teachers’ and evaluators’ skills and understanding. This session will describe the merging of these important, large and complex initiatives.

Creating Conditions to Foster An Effective Principal Role: Instructional Leader, Talent Manager, and Culture Builder presented by Jackie Gran, Chief Policy and Partnership Officer, New Leaders Inc.: Based on New Leaders’  original research on high-performing school districts and effective school leaders, this session will share findings on what our best school systems do to enable principals to be successful not just individually, but at scale across an entire district.

Instructional Supervision presented by Tess Lauffer, AZ Department of Education: What to look for in teacher practice that produces rigorous and complex student thinking, as well as what to look for in the classroom environment & learning culture that support rigorous and complex student thinking.

Instructional Conversations presented by Janice Poda, Strategic Initiative Director, Council of Chief School Officers: Discuss strategies for engaging in productive and meaningful instructional conversations with teachers as part of the observation process.

Leadership vs. Management…the art of “Time Management”-Sid Bailey, Director of Leadership Development, AZ Charter School Association: Sure, I want to be an “Instructional Leader”, but who has the time?  Once clearly understanding the value and difference between Leadership and Management skills, participants will take a close look at how to effectively manage time in such a way as to balance both sets of skills.  Participants will exit the session, tools in hand, prepared to manage time in a more impactful way.


Cost of Conference: $250/person. Registration and hotel closing date is January 31, 2014

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