Butler County ahead of the curve with video-based evaluation and growth system

Butler County Schools  | Greenville, AL

"From our years of experience, we knew the FFT was extremely comprehensive and that Teachscape provides the supports needed to use it with fidelity." Litta Norris Program Director

Ahead of the Curve 

Using Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching (FFT), as well as video-based observations, Butler County Schools created and effectively implemented an evaluation and growth system in line with the Professional Commitment and Professional Practice components of Alabama’s new evaluation plan years before they became mandated by the state.    

“We believe in our ability to meet the new state requirements with our current evaluation and professional learning process,” said Litta Norris, program director of the Butler County Performance Based Incentive Program. “From our years of experience, we knew the FFT was extremely comprehensive and that Teachscape provides the supports needed to use it with fidelity.”

Video Embedded in Teaching Culture

The district relies heavily on video as an integral part of its evaluation and professional development processes. “We are big believers in the power of video,” said Norris. “It allows our administrators to provide teachers with more timely feedback and identify relevant professional development sooner. By viewing teachers’ self-recorded videos, coaches can provide guidance even when they don’t have the time to visit classrooms.”

“Teachers have grown very comfortable with being videotaped as well – it’s really just an embedded part of our culture now,” Norris continued, also noting that video has led to more constructive, evidence-based conversations about instructional best practices.

With Teachscape Reflect, teachers can additionally upload lesson plans and supporting documents to be viewed in conjunction with their video-taped observations, which both administrators and teachers have found to be extremely beneficial.

An Integrated Approach

From regularly calibrating observers on using the FFT to providing both its administrators and PreK-12 teachers with timely, data-driven professional development, Butler County Schools uses Teachscape as part of a multi-faceted improvement approach.

“Teachscape’s comprehensive, yet streamlined, solution helps us efficiently conduct evaluations and meet our goals of improving teacher effectiveness.”