I have been in Educational Sales for over 15 years now and have attended close to a hundred or more conferences/exhibits over that time and during my teaching career. I am not kidding when I say I LOVE going to conferences and exhibiting. Year after year and conference after conference, the traffic in the exhibit hall has dwindled drastically. Currently most of the show time, the only chance I get as an exhibitor to talk to someone is the vendor next to my booth. Don’t get me wrong, I do like all the other vendors – it is actually a good chance to catch up with old friends and colleagues. However, my main goal is to talk to some of the actual attendees.
After all my webinars or onsite trainings for Pivot, I send the attendees a quick survey using Survey Monkey.
This online tool provides customer feedback on their experience in the training and asks what they liked and disliked as well as overall comments. Most of the time, I get quality feedback that I can use to apply to future trainings, but sometimes it gets a little comical.
By their nature, tattoos are associated with change. A person getting a tattoo has abandoned current appearances and is making a commitment to look outwardly different. Being tattooed is to take on a permanent symbol that becomes part of a person’s identity. People carefully select tattoos to enhance their appearance, express feelings, journal their life, give hope, and to identify with a group. To be tattooed is a fairly permanent decision.
My husband and I went out to dinner a few weeks ago and we ran into a young man who is an old friend of my son’s. This young man, we will call him Kolby because, well, that’s his name, had just turned 21 and was celebrating as all new 21-year-olds do – irresponsibly. Now Kolby has always been one of my favorites so it was fun to catch up with him and to find out what he was doing. He’s attending IU and pursuing a career in, strangely, product management. I proceeded to tell him that is exactly what I do at Five-Star. That was enough to cause him to sober him up a little (very little), pull up and chair and start firing questions at me. “What’s it like? Do you like it? Do you make lots of money? Tell me what you do every day.” I could tell it was going to be a long night.
No one questions that excellent instruction is the key to student learning. The essential question to ask is: What skills will enable school leaders to improve the quality of teaching and learning for all students?
We believe that evaluation goes hand in hand with deepening the expertise of teachers to engage students in high-quality learning while simultaneously increasing the expertise of school leaders to guide and support teachers in this improvement process. To this end, we believe any redesigned evaluation system must contribute to and support the formative development of expertise for teachers and instructional leaders. Otherwise the system will do little to improve the quality of teaching and leading, which ultimately impacts the quality of education for all students.