School Year Plan

Integrating Educator Evaluation Elements

for a Successful School Year

The chart below will help you to integrate each element of educator excellence into your school year. Note this chart will continue to take shape in the days to come as I reflect upon each element.

Time of Year


Prior to the Start of the Year

Professional Culture:
  • Review role and responsibility expectations; ask colleagues or leaders about elements you are unsure of. 
  • Review school-wide protocols, core values, goals and vision

  • Review school and system-wide protocols, rules, and guidelines. Make signage for information that will help guide students and others. 
  • Learn about school-wide, grade-level, and department committees, and join efforts where you can learn and contribute. Seek leadership and collegial advisement in this area in order to choose committees that match your skill and interest well. 

  • Create routines, schedules, protocols with collaborating educators.

Family and Community Engagement:
  • Family Welcome Letter

  • Prepare Parent Meeting Notes and Curriculum Review for Family Night.

  • Set up a communication cycle using vehicle for classroom newsletters (website), daily updates (Twitter), collegial planning share (Google doc), explicit learning goals, vocabulary, expectations (online/offline bulletin boards)

  • Create online/offline learning list for easy student, family, colleague share.

  • Set-up learning environment.

  • Review curriculum standards, scope-and-sequences, programs.

Teaching All Students:
  • Review student profiles, needs, and assessments via files and sending teachers.

  • Review child development lists, attributes prior to school year

First Week

Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment:
  • Focus lesson on respect.
  • With students create classroom routines and protocols.

  • Learn about, try out, and organize primary classroom learning tools and materials.

Professional Culture, Family and Community Engagement

First Month

Professional Culture, Family and Community Engagement
  • Family Night and Family Meetings
Teach All Students,
  • Teach Learning to Learn Lessons.

  • Administer early assessments and analyze.

  • Plan overall teaching/learning program based on assessments.

All Year

Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment , Teach All Students
  • Design units and lessons with differentiation and personalization.
  • Regularly assess, analyze, revise, and respond.

  • Model quality work.

  • Revisit “Learning to Learn” strategies, efforts, and attributes regularly.

  • Provide effective feedback regularly.

  • Regularly read and reflect upon your role as learning coach

  • Adapt Learning to Meet Student Needs

  • Complete progress reports.

Professional Culture, Family and Community Engagement
  • Plan week's curriculum program about a week in advance. Share online and offline with students, families, and colleagues to ensure transparent, helpful, explicit communication.

  • Family Meetings

  • Communicate regularly with weekly newsletters and daily updates.

  • Learning Celebrations and Family Share

  • Reflect regularly, chart your reflections in an offline or online journal.

  • Contribute regularly to school initiatives, support collegial and school efforts regularly.

  • Meet professional challenges with a positive, proactive attitude and effort. Seek collegial or leadership support when needed.

End of Year

Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment , Teach All Students
  • Complete a final analysis of the year's work and list learning/teaching goals for new year.
  • Identify summer and school year professional learning events.
  • Complete a special letter, quote poster, or other closing gift for students to acknowledge their strengths and inspire their future learning.
Professional Culture, Family and Community Engagement
  • Plan a culminating event to celebrate the year's learning with the learning community.
  • Show gratitude to colleagues, students, and family members for their support throughout the year.