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Educational Specialists Performance Evaluation System (ESPES) Overview

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The Educational Specialist Performance Evaluation System (ESPES) serves the following:

Pupil Personnel Services: School Counselors, School Nurses, School Psychologists, School Social Workers

Instructional Support Services: Library Media Specialists, Instructional Technology Specialists, Instructional / Learning Coaches.

Special Education Services: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Autism Support  Specialists
 

The primary purposes of the Educational Specialist Performance Evaluation System (ESPES) are to:
  • Optimize student learning and growth
  • Improve the quality of instruction by ensuring accountability for classroom/learner performance and educational specialist effectiveness
  • Contribute to successful achievement of the goals and objectives defined in the vision, mission, and goals of the school district
  • Provide a basis for instructional improvement through productive educational specialist performance appraisal and professional growth
  • Implement a performance evaluation system that promotes trust and a collaborative partnership between the educational specialist and  their evaluator promoting self-reflection, professional growth, instructional effectiveness, and improvement of overall job performance
EDUCATOR STANDARDS:
  • Professional Knowledge
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Assessment
  • Program Planning & Management
  • Program Delivery
  • Professionalism
The distinguishing characteristics of the ESPES include:
  • A focus on the relationship between professional performance and improved learner academic achievement
  • Sample performance indicators for each of the educator performance standards including job specific performance indicators.
  • A system for documenting educator performance based on multiple data sources
  • A procedure for conducting performance reviews that stresses  accountability, promotes professional improvement, and increases the involvement of educators in the evaluation process
  • A support system for providing assistance when needed.
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