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DPAS II Training Modules

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DASL’s Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS II) Advanced Training Modules build on the state-provided credentialing program. These modules allow administrators to dig deeper into DPAS II, focusing on skills related to goal setting, conferencing, and developing Individual Improvement Plans.  These training sessions help administrators advance their use of Delaware’s evaluation system to drive improvement in instruction.

Framework and Rubrics for Teachers (6 hours)

Part 1: Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and its associated rubrics, and discuss the appropriate use of these rubrics in the DPAS II process.
Part 2: Participants will practice using the Danielson rubrics in observing videotaped classroom instruction.  They will compare and discuss observations with peers and move towards inter-rater reliability.

Rubric for Principals, Assistant Principals, and District Office Administrators (6 hours)

Part 1: Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the DPAS II process for a specific group of administrators (principals, assistant principals or district office administrators).  This will include an overview of the system, including the technical assistance manual, forms, rubrics, timelines, and procedures for using the system.  Participants will learn how to set goals and leadership priorities with principals, assistant principals, or district office administrators.

Part 2: Participants will practice setting goals and leadership priorities with principals, assistant principals, or district office administrators.  They will practice using the specific rubric and determine what determines effective practice.  They will also learn how to collect and manage evidence and prepare for the mid-term formative and summative conferences.  Participants will practice using the rubric by observing videos and working on activities in small groups.

Honing your Conferencing Skills (6 hours)

Part 1: Conferencing during the evaluation process is an essential part of DPAS II.  Participants will learn techniques for holding pre- and post-conferences, tips on how to say what they mean, and practice conferencing skills in simulated situations.

Part 2: This workshop includes tips and strategies on structuring a pre-conference, ending a post conference, and encouraging challenging staff members to improve.

Developing Individual Improvement Plans (3 hours)

This workshop assists participants in developing Individual Improvement Plans (IIP)  when an employee is rated unsatisfactory, needs improvement or is ineffective.  Participants will learn strategies for developing an Individual Improvement Plan and how to monitor and evaluate the plan.

Setting Meaningful Goals (3 hours)

DPAS II requires all educators to set meaningful goals related to the improvement of student learning. While these goals are personal ones, there is still a relationship between the personal goals and grade, department, school, and/or district goals. This professional development opportunity offers a more in-depth look at ways to set meaningful goals, collect effective evidence and artifacts to show progress towards meeting the goals, and discuss goal progress in a conference setting.

For more information, please contact Sharon Brittingham at or 302-855-1628.

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