Using Self-Assessments as a Tool to Build Buy-in
Lorenzo introduced the idea of non-evaluative data collection by asking teachers to complete an anonymous self-assessment. Belton teachers start at the beginning of the year assessing themselves on areas that are outlined in his school district’s improvement plan–areas like student engagement strategies, instructional practices, conscious discipline, and technology integration.
Teachers also weigh in on what topics of interest and their preferred learning styles. These answers influence planning, giving Lorenzo’s instructional coaches, principals, and central office team the information they need to adapt their plan to best address teacher need. It also gives them a great opportunity to model a tight feedback loop, building investment from teachers by showing them that their voice is both being heard and put to use.