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An Exploration into Teacher Evaluation

School districts around the country are working to find meaningful ways to address the challenging issue of teacher evaluations. Can a good and fair system be designed to measure teacher effectiveness? Can it be developed so that it becomes a tool to help teachers improve their performance? Grading the Teachers: An Exploration into Teacher Evaluation seeks to answer these questions using engaging interviews with 21 teachers, administrators, and professors from around the country. The documentary is organized into five different sections, each focusing on a different aspect of the teacher evaluation initiative: Key Features; Leadership; Trust; Hopes & Fears; Advice.


Director David Silverberg is an ASCD Faculty member and the director of the Telego Center for Educational Improvement at Ashland University's Founders School of Continuing Education in Ohio. An emerging leader with the Ohio ASCD, he also serves on its leadership council and as journal editor.

In his work at the Telego Center, Silverberg develops customized outreach programs for districts across the state and region. He conducts K–12 curriculum audits for school districts—focusing on the implementation of content-area standards and vertical and horizontal alignment—and develops customized professional development programs in areas such as instructional leadership and school safety. His career in education also includes experience as a K–12 teacher and administrator and university professor.

Silverberg’s 2014 book, 10 Models of Teacher Evaluation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), focuses on case studies of teacher evaluation practices from around the United States, with an emphasis on leadership styles and trust-building for positive outcomes. He facilitates professional learning and provides keynote presentations on this topic nationwide. Silverberg's work includes facilitating the development of district-wide teacher evaluation programs.

Silverberg received his doctorate in educational leadership, administration, and policy from Pepperdine University in Calif. and his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Conn.


Catalog # RM1810 ● ISBN: 978-1-933724-44-7 ● NTSC

29 Minutes ● Copyright 2013 ● English, Captions