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NEWPORT â€“ Principal Bill Rivard apprised the North Country Union High School Board of a new assessment tool used to track how teachers perform in the classroom. â€śThis is a new practice we are using this year,â€ť said Rivard. â€śI think it's wonderful.â€ť
Administrators will take turns sitting in on a class for ten minutes at least six times a year. A checklist developed in collaboration with Kathy Nolan, director of curriculum for the supervisory union, are being used to collect information about presentation of the subject matter, the types of questions the teacher is asking students, as well as the class atmosphere and discourse.
â€śWe want to see first hand if the students understand what the learning focus is for that day's lesson,â€ť stated Rivard. â€śWe are already seeing patterns between departments and teachers that will be helpful.â€ť
For more of this story, see Thursday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for April 18, 2013.