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 SDCOE Project a Finalist for Golden Bell Award

An effort spearheaded by the San Diego County Office of Education to create more collaborative and growth-oriented evaluation systems for teachers is a finalist for a statewide award.

The Educator Effectiveness and Evaluation Project, also known as E3, is a contender for the prestigious Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association.

The project is an effort by 16 local school districts and charter schools to boost student success by helping teachers to be their best in the classroom. The work has reached schools in urban, rural, and suburban areas educating students of all ages.

As part of the project, a team made up of teachers and administrators in each of the districts works to move toward an evaluation system that is more growth-based and collaborative. The work is driven by a set of 15 research-based features that are key to effective evaluation systems.

The work highlights that evaluation is a process, not a single event – it's a collaborative effort, not a checklist.

Partners on the project include the California Department of Education, American Institute of Research, WestEd, and the National Center for Great Teachers and Leaders.

There were 240 applications for the awards from school districts and county offices of education across the state.

The Golden Bell Awards will be presented during the 2018 Awards Reception and Ceremony on Nov. 29 in San Francisco.