Educators are becoming increasingly fluent in the requirements of TPEP, the Teacher Principal Evaluation system now in its first full year of implementation by all districts across the state. And as teachers and principals become more skilled in navigating these waters, professional support by ESD 112 and peer networking is helping to chart a successful course.
Based on requests from districts, ESD 112 offers substantial TPEP support for school staff that includes regional learning sessions, support of district professional learning teams, and individual training sessions both in-person and online.
Through a series of TPEP regional learning sessions, school district leadership teams meet at ESD 112 to gain a deeper understanding of some of the more complex TPEP components and apply their learning as they adapt evaluation systems to leverage increased teacher expertise.
According to ESD 112 Professional Learning Coordinator Mike Esping, the learning sessions are a great way for teams to connect with their peers in other districts. “Educators in our region appreciate collaborating on topics such as TPEP. It’s important that the ESD offer support for TPEP, but it’s even more effective when teams can connect with their peers around the region to share ideas and best practices to enhance their systems. Systems that support increased teacher effectiveness resulting in desired student learning.”
With 52 new principals in our region, Esping says that collaboration can be a tremendous resource in navigating TPEP requirements. “Our offerings grew out of a need expressed by districts,” he said, sharing also that a large percentage of these new principals rely on the ESD for support.
Additional professional learning opportunities are available through a series of one-hour webinars supporting eVAL 2.0, the updated online tool for teacher and principal evaluation. Find more info here: web3.esd112.org/tpep/eval
ESD 112 also offers a series of hands-on workshops for principals, district leaders, and trainers/coaches. Learn more: pdenroller.org/esd112
Another resource is the Regional Principal PLC, a three-part series facilitated by Scott Seaman from the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP). The series offers flexibility for principals to bring up specific questions that they can take back to their district learning communities to support professional learning.
A free framework train the trainer opportunity provides teacher leaders with content and facilitation strategies so that they can train their peers on selected instructional frameworks. This opportunities creates agency and shared leadership opportunities in districts.
“Our work is all based on supporting districts so that they can be successful with TPEP, which is designed to help teachers positively impact student learning,” said Esping. “Our offerings will continue to change to meet the needs of our districts.”