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New Guide Released on the Evaluation of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel

The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) was a contributor to the development of a newly released guide, Evaluating Specialized Instructional Support Personnel. This guide is a supplement to the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders resource, A Practical Guide for Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems. SSWAA's own evaluation template is in the work, along with those of other SISP professional organizations. In addition, Myrna Mandlawitz, SSWAA Government Relations Director, was a reviewer on the project.

The guide helps state and district teams design evaluation systems specifically for specialized instructional support personnel (SISP), including school social workers, so that evaluations capture the diverse roles of and depth and breadth of services provided by SISP.

The guide is organized in four sections, each of which includes state-level examples and guiding questions for designing evaluation systems that better account for the unique roles and responsibilities of SISP:

• Statutory and regulatory requirements that detail criteria used to determine which personnel are subject to evaluation
• Suitability and need for differentiation within measures of instructional/teacher practice and student growth based upon specific district responsibilities, roles, and national professional association standards
• Evaluator training to assist state and local teams in adopting best practices for specific school personnel
The document is available at

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