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Put Excellence at the Heart of Performance Management

Performance management, at its core, sets expectations. It puts a stake in the ground for what “good” looks and sounds like in the classroom and serves as the baseline of teacher observation rubrics. Effective performance management is more than diagnosing current performance; it supports teachers to articulate an actionable, clear trajectory toward excellence. Ultimately, a…

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Thank You Teachers!

As we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with our families this week, the Hendy Avenue team is reflecting on the many blessings for which we are thankful. We are thankful for our family and friends. We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with wonderful organizations doing incredible work for children. We are thankful for…

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Designing Evaluation Frameworks with Development at the Core – Part III: Amplifying Stakeholder Voice with Surveys

This post is the third in a series on how innovators are reimagining the design and implementation of evaluation and development frameworks. Read our earlier posts on observation frequency and raising rubric rigor.  When you think of a teacher, where are they? What are they doing? If you envisioned someone standing in front of a blackboard,…

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Designing Evaluation Frameworks with Development at the Core – Part II: Raising Rubric Rigor

This post is the second in a series on how innovators are reimagining the design and implementation of evaluation and development frameworks. To read our first post in the series, on the impact of frequent observations, click here. Most teacher evaluation systems today include direct observations of teacher practice by an administrator, in which the…

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5 Strategies for Scaling Effective Coaching

Our team spends a lot of time thinking about how to develop teachers. We believe that investing in the professional growth of teachers has the potential to dramatically change the landscape of education in our country and the lives of millions of children. While school systems across the U.S. spend billions of dollars annually on…

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Great Leaders, Great Teachers: How Cleveland Metro is Investing in Leaders

In response to Race to the Top, many states, including Ohio, revised state statutes requiring school districts to develop new evaluation models.  In a collaborative effort, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Cleveland Teachers’ Union developed the Teacher Development and Evaluation System (TDES). We partnered with the talent team at CMSD to develop tools…

Coach's Corner: Book Review of Get Better Faster

We all know that teaching is hard, but being a new teacher can sometimes seem downright impossible. Fortunately, Paul Bambrick-Santoyo has laid out a critical tool for driving the professional growth of new teachers in his latest book, Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers. The Chief Schools Officer for High Schools…

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Designing Evaluation Frameworks with Development at the Core – Part I

Encouraged by Race to the Top and the Department of Education’s ESEA waivers, teacher evaluations moved into the education policy limelight during the last decade. Dozens of states updated antiquated systems–usually nothing more than a checklist of low-impact items–into multiple measure approaches with student achievement a preponderant component. While this was a critical first step,…

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Welcome to the Hendy Avenue Blog

Welcome to Hendy Avenue Consulting’s new blog! Over the past four years, we have have been fortunate to partner with wonderful school systems across the country to help them grow and retain talent.  And we’ve learned a lot! We are excited to launch this site as an opportunity to share what we’re learning, disseminate research,…

"Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society."

Sonia Sotomayor