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Professional Growth Cycle and Aligned Professional Learning

The focus of the evaluation system is on improving professional practice and student learning. To that end, linking evaluations with high quality professional learning is key. Aligned evaluation systems inform educators of strengths and weaknesses and provide opportunities to make informed decisions regarding individual professional growth. High quality professional learning is sustained and focused and relevant to the educator’s goals and needs. All educators must have opportunities for professional growth to meet their needs, not only those whose evaluation ratings do not meet the standard.

Teacher and administrator evaluation systems are based on a cycle of continuous professional growth and learning that includes the following processes: Self-Reflection, Goal Setting, Observation/Collection of Evidence, Formative Assessment/Evaluation, Summative Evaluation. This cycle can be adapted to local district processes.

Statewide Professional Learning Opportunities

  • District/ESD Professional Learning Teams (PLT)    
    District Professional Learning Teams are collaborative teams of teachers and building/district administrators who support district-wide implementation of the Oregon Framework (SB290/ESEA waiver) and the Common Core State Standards in a manner specific to each district’s needs.
  • Formative Assessment Insights Course Overview  External Link  
    Free online course for K-12 teachers in all content areas, instructional coaches, and professional development staff. Formative Assessment Insights brings together the latest innovations and thinking surrounding formative assessment design and implementation in five easy-to-use modules and three webinar events.
  • Advanced Leadership Institute  External Link  
    This 3 day institute offered by COSA will focus on refining your abilities to align and calibrate classroom observations and professional feedback for educators’ growth.
  • Summer Assessment Institute  External Link  
    This year the Summer Assessment Institute will be held August 5-7 in Eugene.
  • CCSS Regional Training Series: Assessing the Impact of CCSS in the Classroom  External Link  
    The spring series offered in multiple locations around the state offered practical strategies for assessment that improve instructional design. Materials from presentations have been archived on this site.

  • Designing Professional Learning

  • Standards for Professional Learning (Learning Forward)  External Link  
    Standards for Professional Learning outline the characteristics of professional learning that leads to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results.
    • Facilitator Guide to Standards for Professional Learning  External Link  
      The facilitator guide is a companion document to the Standards for Professional Learning and is intended to guide facilitators in introducing and helping others implement the standards. Included in the guide are practical activities, reflection questions and tools to deepen understanding of the standards.
  • The Role of Job-Embedded Professional Learning in Teacher Evaluation Teacher Evaluation PDF  External Link  
    This research and policy brief from the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality highlights the research on how teachers learn best, specifically how teachers learn from evaluation to generate increased teaching effectiveness.
  • Creating a Comprehensive System for Evaluating and Supporting Effective Teaching PDF  External Link  
    This report outlines an integrated approach that connects these goals to a teaching-career continuum and a professional development system that supports effectiveness for all teachers at every stage of their careers. A discussion of Aligned Profession Learning Opportunities is found beginning on p.33.


  • Tanya Frisendahl Email    (503) 947-5754
    Educator Effectiveness - Education Specialist
  • Sarah Martin Email    (503) 947-5668
    Educator Effectiveness - Ed. Specialist, Instructional Resources
  • Sarah Phillips Email    (503) 947-5783
    Educator Effectiveness - Education Program Specialist
  • Brian Putnam Email    (503) 947-5806
    Educator Effectiveness - Educator Effectiveness Specialist
  • Timothy Boyd Email    (503) 947-5621
    School Improvement - Director

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