HSSE 'Brown Bag' Seminar  What Researchers Can Learn From Teacher Evaluation in the United States

HSSE 'Brown Bag' Seminar What Researchers Can Learn From Teacher Evaluation in the United States

Date & Time

23 July 2015, 00:00

Venue

NIE 3-02-27

Department

Humanities & Social Studies Education (HSSE)

Category

Seminars

Events Details

About the Topic

For years, educational administrators, policy makers, and researchers in the United States have struggled to find ways to effectively assess teaching performance.  In the last decade, there has been a focus on creating and implementing new methods for evaluating teachers for both professional and research purposes.  In this talk, Dr. Wiens will give a brief overview of teacher evaluation strategies used in the United States, and then focus on one particular line of evaluation: the standardized observation instrument.  The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) focuses on student-teacher interactions to assess the quality of the classroom learning environment.  The CLASS as well as other related measures will be presented along with examples of how each has been used in research studies.

About the Speaker

Dr. Wiens began his educational career as a middle school social studies teacher right out of college.  After teaching for a dozen years in the United States and abroad he attended graduate school at the University of Virginia where he earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.  After a stint as an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Dr. Wiens and his family decided to move to West Africa where he is currently an administrator at the American International School of Niamey.