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Jun. 20, 2011

New Jersey Department of Education Approves Dr. Robert Marzano

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The New Jersey Department of Education has determined Dr. Robert Marzano’s Causal Teacher Evaluation Model to meet the requirements of a research-based teacher practice evaluation system and to be eligible for the state’s $1.16 million teacher evaluation pilot grant.

The New Jersey Department of Education has determined Dr. Robert Marzano’s Causal Teacher Evaluation Model to meet the requirements of a research-based teacher practice evaluation system and to be eligible for the state’s $1.16 million teacher evaluation pilot grant. Learning Sciences International, partner of Dr. Marzano, is the model’s provider.

“New Jersey had a rigorous process for vetting teacher evaluation models requiring a strong research-base and validation studies,” said Michael Toth, CEO, Learning Sciences International. “I’m pleased New Jersey joins a growing list of states recognizing the research of Dr. Marzano’s Causal Teacher Evaluation Model.”

Dr. Marzano’s Causal Teacher Evaluation Model is a research-based system for “causing” increases in student achievement through incremental improvements in teaching. The validation studies include the linkage between teachers’ use of classroom strategies and behaviors with gains in student learning contained within the model. The model includes a field-proven classroom observation and feedback instrument to identify levels of teaching performance.

“We have implementations of Dr. Marzano’s model in a number of states with thousands of observers and tens of thousands of teachers,” said Toth. “Teacher associations have been very receptive of the model due to the accuracy of the observation tools and the way the model honors the complexity of teaching. It actually helps teachers get better and that is powerful.”

Learn more about Dr. Marzano’s Causal Teacher Evaluation Model.

Learning Sciences International is hosting a webinar for districts, educational services agencies (ESAs) and state education department officials to learn more about products and services provided to support the implementation of Dr. Marzano’s evaluation model. Register online to attend this free webinar on Thursday, June 23 at 2pm Eastern.

Dr. Robert Marzano is an author and researcher in the field of education.

Learning Sciences International is partnered with Dr. Marzano to work with state departments of education and school districts to implement the Marzano Evaluation Model including advising on the redevelopment process, training observers, and ensuring accuracy and inter-rater reliability.





Feb. 16, 2011

LSI Selected by the Florida DOE to Implement a Statewide Teacher Evaluation System

Michael Toth

As part of its Race to the Top initiative, The Florida Department of Education, through its Partnership with Learning Sciences International, will provide School Districts across the State with a Research Based Framework and Implementation Services for a Teacher Evaluation System.

Florida – Learning Sciences International working in partnership with Mifflin Harcourt’s (HMH) Educational Consulting Services group and The Leadership and Learning Center to provide Florida educators with full access to Dr. Robert Marzano’s Art and Science of Teaching Causal Teacher Evaluation system as they review, develop and implement new evaluation systems. Learning Sciences International has worked extensively to articulate the Marzano teacher evaluation model for aligned focus on raising student achievement and teacher effectiveness.

“The Florida Department of Education has selected the leading-edge model for teacher evaluation that embodies the contemporary research and effective practices,” said Learning Sciences International CEO, Michael Toth. “Developed from extensive research, the Art and Science of Teaching Causal Teacher Evaluation Model provides districts the tools and practices to empower teachers to measurably improve student learning. The model helps districts to implement a rigorous and systematic process for supporting teacher growth, development and evaluation to the benefit of the children in Florida’s public schools. This really sets Florida apart as the national leader in providing their school districts with the best contemporary research and practice for teacher evaluation.”

Dr. Robert Marzano, researcher and author, “I am honored by the Department’s selection, and will work closely with my partner, Learning Sciences International, to serve the needs of Florida’s districts with our model that incorporates contemporary research in effective teaching practices, the development of expertise over time and the key concept of deliberate practices to districts’ teacher evaluation systems.”

“Florida’s teachers are absolutely vital in ensuring our students are well prepared for their futures,” said Florida Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “I’m excited that we have begun our work with these national leaders and that our local school districts will be able to use their expertise to help build the types of comprehensive evaluation systems that will provide meaningful feedback to teachers while gauging their effectiveness in a fair manner.”

“By combining the research and services from The Leadership and Learning Center and Learning Sciences International, HMH Educational Consulting Services is able to offer Florida an unprecedented holistic solution that is aligned to state legislative and regulatory mandates, and also supports key priorities within the Race to the Top initiative,” said Senior Vice President of HMH Educational Consulting Services Dave West.

About Learning Sciences International: LSI is a premier provider of research-based practices, professional development, and robust evaluation models and tools and is a partner of Dr. Robert Marzano for implementation of his new teacher evaluation model. LSI also provides exclusive electronic access to a fusion of research-based frameworks, content-rich professional development, and collaboration tools in its powerful iObservation platform. The far reaching capabilities of iObservation engages teachers and leaders in a continuous systematic process of observations and feedback by which teachers and leaders are able to identify and develop instructional practices to maximize student achievement gains.

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    -Jan. 31, 2012: Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model Recommended by Oklahoma Department of Education
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    -Jan. 11, 2012: Dr. Marzano Discusses Research Base and Insights from New Studies
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    -Dec. 8, 2011: Informal Observations – It’s not a “Gotcha” Tactic
    -Nov. 10, 2011: Building Inter-rater Reliability and Accuracy into a System of Teacher Observation
    -Nov. 2, 2011: Teacher Evaluation with Dr. Robert Marzano and Boone County
    -Oct. 31, 2011: Dr. Marzano Webinar: Measuring and Improving Teacher Effectiveness Through Teacher Observation
    • Dr. Marzano joins us as a co-presenter to provide an overview of the Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model

    -Oct. 21, 2011: Celebrating Teaching through a Comprehensive Evaluation Model
    -Oct. 10, 2011: Dr. Marzano’s Evaluation Model alignment to Arizona’s Framework for Measuring Educator Effectiveness
    -Aug. 17, 2011: LSI Welcomes Washington Districts Seeking to Pilot the Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model
    -Aug. 15, 2011: Technology Platform Supports Two NYSED-Approved Rubrics
    -Jul. 21, 2011: NYSED Approves Dr. Robert Marzano’s Teacher Evaluation Model
    -Jun. 20, 2011: New Jersey Department of Education Approves Dr. Robert Marzano
    -Feb. 16, 2011: LSI Selected by the Florida DOE to Implement a Statewide Teacher Evaluation System