Schools closed, Distance learning through May 4

The Governor has ordered all Minnesota schools to remain closed with distance learning in place from March 30 through May 4 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Teacher Development and Evaluation Plan (TDEP)

In 2011 (and updated in 2013) the Minnesota Legislature passed new state-wide teacher evaluation requirements. Under the new requirements, all public school districts in Minnesota are required to implement a plan that meets statutory requirements beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

Members of the SCEA, district administration, and Board of Ed worked collaboratively for more than two year to develop the Stillwater Teacher Development and Evaluation Plan (TDEP) for the purpose of fostering professional growth and development, driven by the following Purpose Statement:

The primary purpose of teacher evaluation in ISD 834 is to foster professional growth and development, operating within a framework of collaboration and trust. The main outcome of such evaluation is improved student learning through strengthened educator practices.

It is with this focus that we embark on our first year of implementation of the new plan. We do so knowing that changes and adjustments will need to be considered to ensure continuous improvement of the plan. Teacher feedback throughout the implementation is not only welcome, it is strongly encouraged. Only by working together can we ensure a plan that serves our teachers, and ultimately our students, best.