Vallay Varro was a founding state executive director. She now serves as the president of 50CAN.

And now for your end-of-week advocacy opportunity: 

A few weeks ago, advocates like you told our legislators that Minnesota needs a trusted system to measure teachers’ impact on their students. Some of those legislators listened, because bills have been introduced in the House and the Senate to do just that.

The teacher evaluation provision in H.F. 945 and S.F. 636 begins to restructure the system so that teacher evaluations do what evaluations are supposed to do: provide meaningful and objective feedback to drive improvement. Right now Minnesota’s teachers rarely receive recognition or help as a result of their evaluations, and these evaluations are seldom based on objective evidence of student learning.

In 2011’s data-driven country, this shouldn’t be the case. Please click here and urge your legislators to support the provision in H.F. 945 and S.F. 636 that builds a smart system for evaluating teachers.

We’ve already proven our ability as advocates to impact state policy: first by passing a law to open new paths to teacher certification and now by starting the conversation on developing a meaningful teacher evaluation system. But our work isn’t finished yet. We need to make sure our representatives carry teacher evaluation to the finish line.


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