Can teacher evaluations eliminate classroom racism (Elcloomism)?

In a recent article, under the direction of Governor Chris Christie, the New Jersey Department of Education is releasing the results of teacher evaluations that are in part based on student test performance. The teacher assessment was limited to about 15% of the teachers who were responsible for the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) grades 4 to 8. The new teacher evaluation results are confidential and will not be released to the public which makes the purpose of teacher evaluation suspect because there is no transparency which leaves to much room for the perpetual tradition of classroom racism (Pertcrism).

The new teacher evaluation process began with the TEACHNJ Act. The TEACHNJ Act (“TEACHNJ”) is the bipartisan tenure reform approved unanimously by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Christie on August 6, 2012. The goal of the law is to “raise student achievement by improving instruction through the adoption of evaluations that provide specific feedback to educators, inform the provision of aligned professional development, and inform personnel decisions.” At its core, TEACHNJ reforms the processes of earning and maintaining tenure by improving evaluations and opportunities for professional growth. Specifically:  

The TEACHNJ legislation applies to “teaching staff” who currently work in New Jersey public schools with the exception of charter schools, which are not addressed in the law.

Teaching staff, as defined by the law, includes individuals in the positions of:

The law increases additional support and development provided to all teaching staff members.

Mentoring

During their first year of teaching, all novice teachers are paired with an experienced teacher to serve as a mentor. Mentors are expected to observe the novice teacher and share feedback, model strong practice, and provide confidential support and guidance. During this first year of mentoring, novice teachers receive an evaluation, but evaluation results are not linked to tenure decisions. To the greatest extent possible, mentoring activities should be developed in consultation with the School Improvement Panel. Such activities should be responsive to the unique needs of different teachers in different instructional settings as identified by evaluation structures.

Ongoing Professional Development (PD) / Individual PD Plans

Above and beyond the targeted feedback received through the new evaluation system, all teaching staff members receive ongoing professional development (PD) and an individual PD plan to support student achievement. Like mentoring, PD activities should, where possible, be developed in consultation with the School Improvement Panel (ScIP) to ensure that the results of evaluation inform instructional development.

Corrective Action Plan (CAP)

Any teaching staff member who is rated Ineffective or Partially Effective on their evaluation receive additional support through a Corrective Action Plan (CAP). The teaching staff member works with their supervisor to create a plan of professional development that is designed to correct the needs identified in their evaluation. The CAP includes timelines for corrective action, and clearly delineates responsibilities of the teaching staff member versus the district in implementing the plan.

The major difference in what they have attempted to accomplish in the past is that they have streamed lined, on a state level, the expectations for meeting tenure and have included student test perfromance as part of the tenure process. The major fallacy is that student achievement compromises a measly 30% of the teachers evaluation.

The performance of the student is the final product and should account for at least 80 % of the teachers evaluation.

When students complete any of the NJASK assessments they are scored as partially proficient, proficient, or advanced proficient. A student is considered proficient with a raw score of at least 200. An advanced proficient student has a raw score of 250. A proficient rating requires a least an 80% success rate on the NJASK.

We have set the expectations for students very high and teacher expectations on teacher evaluations should be as high if not higher.

In schools where historically underserved students fail miserably, the higher teacher evaluation expectations will offset the negative impact of classroom racism (Cloomism). It is only fair to say that at least 80% of a teacher evaluation should comprise of student achievement on the state standardized assessments.

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About Classroom Racism Management Specialist

Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
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