By John Mooney
Charlotte Danielson talks about the challenges as her “Frameworks for Teaching” is adopted by more than 300 public school districts.
A pioneer in teacher evaluation, Charlotte Danielson knows her name is soon to be part of the vocabulary in hundreds of New Jersey public schools. She’s hoping that will be in a good way.
Danielson, the creator and driving force behind the eponymous Charlotte Danielson’s “Frameworks for Teaching,” will see her methods for observing and evaluating teachers adopted in almost two-thirds — or more than 330 — of the state’s school districts this fall, the first year that New Jersey’s high-stakes grading of teachers and principals will be in play.
It’s an overwhelming endorsement for Danielson’s methodologies, one that reflects her nationwide influence on teacher evaluation. It’s also a testament to the instruments’ familiarity to districts after more than a decade, as well as to how easy teachers and educators find it to use.