Executive Summary

Engagement and Infrastructure: Risks and Mitigation

Teachers will be impacted the most by a new evaluation program.  They should have a voice in what the system would look like.  Further, educator engagement is a critical element to winning the support for the new system.


Examples of risks:

Risk Collaboration between policymakers and educators is a key component to success.  However, a risk exists that the parties will not agree on the approach or details of the new system. Mitigation
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Contracting with a neutral outside party to mediate and with experience in creating the right environment for collaboration could mitigate the risk.

Risk

 

Building an evaluation program with educators could bring the unintended consequence of impacting classroom instruction in the short term.  If teachers take time away from their schools to attend meetings with policymakers, it could set students back.

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Project managers could plan the bulk of the work in summer months when school is out of session, for example, or pay overtime for weekend work.

Risk Despite a comprehensive engagement campaign, opposition could still exist to both the planning process and to the evaluation reform effort overall. Mitigation
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State policymakers should also engage each stakeholder group early on, such as teacher unions, parents groups, civic organizations, business leaders, etc. to build good faith and to try and work through concerns or misconceptions.
Risk An engagement approach may not reach enough teachers necessary to harness educator support and obtain wide input. Mitigation
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A mitigation approach would involve utilizing several mediums of communication to reach as many teachers as possible, including e-mail, newsletters, media engagement, forums, roundtable discussions, etc. with the goal of receiving feedback from at least 10 percent of the state’s teachers.

 

 

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