The Iowa Legislature mandated in 2013 that all school districts implement a system of peer review for teachers in their first and second year of the evaluation cycle. The DMPS and DMEA agreed in a letter of understanding how that peer review process will be implemented in Des Moines beginning this January (2014). What follows is a quick guide to how peer review should be implemented in your building:
HOW TO PEER REVIEW IN 5 EASY STEPS
STEP 1 – Choose Your Peer Review Group
– The peer review process in Iowa requires that peer review groups be self-selected groups of teachers. Peer groups will have chosen each other and agreed to work together.
– Peer group members can be organized by grade level, content area,
PLC’s, data teams, or other groupings that make sense in your building.
– Peer review groups are not for teachers going through their formal evaluation.
– Peer group members must be individuals who are employed as certified teachers as defined by state law.
STEP 2 – Review Individual Professional Development Plans In Your Group
– During a designated time during the workday, share your IPDP goals with your peer group members.
– The focus of the peer review process is to provide your peers with feedback and support on how they can progress towards these IPDP goals.
STEP 3 – Agree Upon Best Ways for Peers To Measure Progress
– Decide what kind of information/feedback you would like from your peers that will assist you in reaching those goals.
– Determine the most appropriate way your peers can gather information to provide that feedback.
STEP 4 – Share Feedback
– Feedback should be supportive and formative. This is not a summative evaluation.
– All feedback is confidential between the peer group members. It is not to be shared with others outside the group.
STEP 5 – Turn In Peer Review Form to Building Administration
– Submit a completed Peer Review Form to administrator to document you have participated in the peer review process.
– You do not submit feedback or notes from the peer review group to administration. That information is given ONLY to the peer you are working with.