The VCU School of Education recently piloted a new online principals’ evaluation of our interns and student teachers. The current principals’ evaluation is a written narrative, which can be challenging to busy principals with many demands on their time. The new evaluation requires electronic responses and an important new item to assess the principals’ perception of the intern/student teachers’ impact on K-12 student learning. National standards as articulated by the Council for Accreditation for Educator Preparation require evaluative feedback from all partners in the clinical evaluation process. Dr. Diane Simon, senior associate dean for student affairs, noted that she is thrilled that there was great participation by our current principals in the pilot and that the data provide rich new information to be used to improve clinical programs. This new instrument will be used in ensuring semesters.
Tickets to a VCU Rams basketball game were the incentive to encourage busy principals to complete the form. The response was overwhelming and Mary Jean Hunt, principal at Beulah Elementary School won the drawing and will be headed to the Rams vs GMU game in January! Simon gave kudos to Dr. Angie Wetzel, director of assessment, for her assistance in implementing the pilot.