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Apr. 12, 2012

Learning Sciences Marzano Center Launches as School Leadership and Teacher Evaluation Resource for N

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

The new Learning Sciences Marzano Center provides next generation tools and training for teacher evaluation and school leadership under the directorship of acclaimed education researcher Dr. Robert Marzano. The Marzano Center kicks off with a national summer conference in Orlando, Florida.

We are entering a new era of teacher evaluations. The expectation is that all teachers can increase their expertise from year to year, and thereby produce gains in student achievement, with a powerful cumulative effect.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL (PRWEB) April 12, 2012

Learning Sciences International is delighted to announce the launch of the Learning Sciences Marzano Center for Teacher & Leadership Evaluation. The Marzano Center brings together the most up-to-date resources, tools, professional development, products, and services to support K-12 educators, schools, and districts as they implement teacher evaluation and principal evaluation initiatives. Under the directorship of renowned educational researcher and author Dr. Robert Marzano, in partnership with Learning Sciences International, the Marzano Center empowers educators to become highly effective, lifelong learners, and in doing so, to significantly impact student achievement over time.

Building Expertise:
A New Era of Teacher Development and School Leadership

A renewed focus on teacher evaluation and student achievement has revolutionized the way teachers, administrators, and the public are now thinking about K-12 learning. To fulfill its mission as a leader in educational research and development, the Marzano Center will identify, develop, and disseminate cutting-edge resources in educational best practices, offering a full slate of professional development programs and the most innovative technology platforms to support teacher and leadership evaluation and growth. The Marzano Center kicks off with a national conference this summer in Orlando, Florida, Building Expertise 2012, which will bring together educators from across the country to discuss best practices in teacher and school leader professional development and evaluation.

Learning Sciences CEO Michael Toth says, “I believe we are witnessing a seismic shift in the direction of public education – not only in the push for fair and accurate systems of teacher evaluation, but toward platforms that will enable teachers to develop their potential to the highest degree possible. Great teachers foster great students. Great students create great communities. There can be no higher goal.”

The Marzano Center provides and fully supports both the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model, which was adopted as the state teacher evaluation model in Florida in 2011, and the new Marzano School Leadership Evaluation Model, in addition to the patented iObservation technology platform for efficient and cost-effective implementation of both models. These tested and research-based evaluation models have been developed to work together to ensure alignment of pedagogical practice and a focus on a common language of instruction.

“The model has us talking; that’s been incredibly powerful.”

That’s how Shelly Bell, principal of Elizabeth Cobb Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida, describes the impact of the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model on her teachers.

“The lines of communication between not only myself and my other administrators, but myself and my teachers, have been opened to a point where for the first time teachers are talking about improving student instruction,” Ms. Bell says. “They’re talking about it in my office. They’re talking about it with their colleagues in the hallways. It’s not uncommon for me to walk into our planning room and have three or four teachers having lunch and talking about how they can use scales and rubrics to help with the project they’re doing.”

A Full Range of Support Programs

Marzano Center support programs include tailored one-, two-, and three-day training sessions with the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Academy for school district leaders; customized support packages for central offices; seminars on inter-rater reliability; certifications in observer accuracy; and a full range of online, high quality, self-study courses that examine all aspects of the common language of instruction within the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model.

“We are entering a new era of teacher evaluations,” says Dr. Marzano. “The expectation is that all teachers can increase their expertise from year to year and thereby produce gains in student achievement, with a powerful cumulative effect.”

For more information about services, tools, and information the Learning Sciences Marzano Center provides, visit MarzanoCenter.com, or join the conversation at Twitter @MarzanoCenter.


Jan. 31, 2012

Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model Recommended by Oklahoma Department of Education

Learning Sciences International

Oklahoma school districts may choose Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model in statewide pilot of Teacher and Leadership Effectiveness Evaluation System

“We are in our second year of using the Marzano Framework and iObservation for the supervision of instruction. We have found that Marzano’s research base has given us a good foundation for establishing a common language about effective instruction.”—Shirley Simmons, PhD, Director of Staff Development and Student Achievement, Norman Public Schools

Palm Beach Gardens, FL January 31, 2012

The Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model has been selected by the Oklahoma State Department of Education as part of a statewide effort to improve student learning. Based on studies conducted in classrooms across the nation that correlate instructional strategies to student achievement, the Marzano Causal Model is also grounded on experimental/control studies that establish a direct causal link between elements of the model and student results. On-site classroom studies have indicated an average 16 percentile point gain in student achievement when teachers employed strategies within the Marzano Causal Model. Strong correlations have also been demonstrated with student reading and math scores.

Model Exceeds Standards

An analysis conducted by Oklahoma’s Teacher and Leadership Effectiveness Evaluation Commission (TLE) determined the Marzano Causal Model to meet and exceed established Oklahoma state selection criteria. The TLE Commission chose the Marzano Causal Model from a field of six frameworks, as one of three approved teacher evaluation models. A survey disseminated to teachers, principals, and district administrators, overwhelmingly favored the Marzano Causal Model as the default state model.

The move to overhaul Oklahoma teacher evaluations follows the passage of Senate Bill 2033, the Oklahoma Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Act of 2010. At a December 15, 2011 meeting, after months of careful study, the state school board voted to allow individual districts to freely choose from among three models for the 2012 pilot year: Tulsa Public Schools, the Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model, and the Danielson Framework for Teaching.

The Teacher and Leadership Effectiveness Evaluation System (TLE) for teachers and leaders is designed to encourage continuous professional growth leading toward improved student achievement for all Oklahoma students. According to state law, all local board of education evaluation policies must align with the TLE by the 2013-2014 school year.

At Douglass Middle High School in Oklahoma City, Dr. Brian Staples, principal, says the school has successfully used the Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model for three years. “[The Marzano Model] provides teachers with specific feedback to improve the quality of their teaching,” Staples says. “We know that’s the single most important factor when it comes to student achievement. The whole [Marzano Causal Model] is really focused on teacher improvement and development.”

Florida’s Choice

In 2011, The Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model was also selected by the Florida Department of Education to implement a statewide Teacher Evaluation System.

Partnering for Implementation: Learning Sciences International

Learning Sciences International is pleased to partner with Dr. Robert Marzano to implement the Marzano Causal Model for Oklahoma schools. LSI is a premier provider of research-based practices, professional development, and robust evaluation models and tools. LSI also provides exclusive electronic access research-based frameworks, content-rich professional development, and collaboration tools in its powerful iObservation technology to engage teachers and leaders in a continuous, systematic process of observations to maximize student achievement gains.

For more information about The Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model in Oklahoma schools, visit www.marzanoevaluation.com/evaluation/Oklahoma_Teacher_Evaluation.

Visit: MarzanoEvaluation.com and iObservation.com

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Use the Archive menu to select and view previous releases.

    -Nov. 2, 2012: Teacher Evaluation: What’s Fair? What’s Effective?
    -Jul. 10, 2012: Oklahoma State Board of Education Approves Marzano School Leadership Evaluation Model
    -May. 8, 2012: Education Reform & Student Achievement: Learning Sciences Marzano Center Announces National Marzano
    -Apr. 12, 2012: Learning Sciences Marzano Center Launches as School Leadership and Teacher Evaluation Resource for N
    -Jan. 31, 2012: Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model Recommended by Oklahoma Department of Education
    • Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model Recommended by Oklahoma Department of Education

    -Jan. 11, 2012: Dr. Marzano Discusses Research Base and Insights from New Studies
    • New Live Webinar with Dr. Marzano 1/18 at 3pm EDT

    -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