Thursday's "Evaluation Reform: Finding Solutions through Teachers" at the American Institutes for Research was just the type of 30,000-foot-level Washington event that disenfranchised teachers seem to fear is changing the course of their profession. Researchers and think-tank leaders discussed findings and policy recommendations that could have major on-the-ground implications for teachers. There was a token teacher on the panel. The unions were painted unilaterally as obstructive. It all ended with wine and cheese.
The irony is that this event, co-hosted by the nonprofits AIR and Public Agenda, centered on a new book entitled Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reform, published by Jossey-Bass. The book contends that teachers need to be engaged in the hard work of crafting evaluation policies and offers strategies for teacher leaders and administrators to use in getting them involved.