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About PAR

PAR stands for "Peer Assistance and Review."  It is a program designed to support and evaluate teacher who are not currently rated as “Proficient” on their educator evaluation.

History

Peer Assistance & Review (PAR) was established in 1981 in Toledo, Ohio by Dal Lawrence, former president of the Toledo Federation of Teachers (TFT).  PAR has been successfully implemented in districts around the country, including Rochester, NY; St. Paul, MN; and Montgomery County, MD. Boston’s PAR program began in 2014 and is sponsored by BPS and the BTU.  See PAR Elsewhere for more information.

Process

When you sign up for PAR, you will work side-by-side with a Consulting Teacher (CT).  The Consulting Teacher will be your coach, cheerleader, teammate and primary evaluator. Your principal become a secondary evaluator who will meet with you and your consulting teacher regularly during each evaluation cycle and may also present evidence to the PAR panel during the deliberation.  At the end of your evaluation cycle, the Consulting Teacher recommends a rating to the PAR Panel. The PAR Panel deliberates and votes on a final rating recommendation. The rating is then submitted to the Superintendent for final approval.  See FAQ for more information.


Why choose PAR?  PAR can be a second set of eyes observing your practice.  You may need us if you think your current evaluator is not assessing you fairly.  Or you may need us if you think your current evaluator is just too busy to give you the kind of individualized coaching and support that you need.  See Enroll for more information and to set up an initial meeting.


News

Boston PAR in the news:

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Mark Lonergan,
Jun 22, 2016, 2:06 AM
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Mark Lonergan,
Jun 22, 2016, 2:06 AM
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Mark Lonergan,
Jun 22, 2016, 2:06 AM
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Mark Lonergan,
Jun 22, 2016, 2:06 AM
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