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Teacher Effectiveness Framework

Thoughtful Classroom Teacher Effectiveness Framework (TCTEF)

NEW TCTEF Online Training for Michigan Evaluators


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What Is the Thoughtful Classroom Teacher Effectiveness Framework?

The Thoughtful Classroom Teacher Effectiveness Framework (TCTEF) is a comprehensive system for observing, evaluating, and refining classroom practice. Designed in partnership with over 250 teachers and administrators, the ultimate goal of the Framework is to create a common language for talking about high-quality teaching and how classroom practice can be improved. Aligned with current standards, the Framework makes the work of aligning teacher evaluation with standards easier than ever before.

Our Thoughtful Classroom Framework has been fully updated to meet the new requirements of Michigan Public Act 0224 of 2023 (Senate Bill 0395), specifically with  . . .

  • New three-point rating scale and rubrics
  • Inter-rater reliability training for evaluators
  • Updated resources and materials

Published Articles By Our Team Members to Help You Improve Evaluation and Fuel Teacher Growth

Building a Successful Classroom Foundation

Harvey F. Silver | Thoughtful Classroom Blog

Making Lessons Memorable: Design From Two Perspectives

Harvey F. Silver & Susan Kreisman | ASCD EXPRESS

The Balancing Acts of Teacher Evaluation

Cindy Weber | ASCD Educational Leadership

Effective Communication Needs Common Language and Goals

Lindsay Vieira & Dean Auriemma | ASCD EXPRESS

Learn More About The Thoughtful Classroom Teacher Effectiveness Framework


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