Waukee Community School District (WCSD) teachers, administrators and school board members have worked together to create a plan that says, “Being a teacher in WCSD represents the highest level of professionalism, caring and commitment to students.” The WCSD’s Professional Growth and Evaluation Model will continue to evolve over time, responding to the teacher and administrative input.

The WCSD moved from a traditional “one size fits all” evaluation to a professional growth model that recognizes career stages. The professional growth model contains clear criteria that recognizes and validates individual teaching styles.

Perhaps most importantly, a Teacher Evaluation and Professional Growth Task Force made up of teachers and evaluators met several times during the 2007-08 school year and piloted this model. While engaging in that work, the team focused on making the process we use more formative in nature and less formal as it relates to the paperwork. We believe the revised contents of this document will highlight the improvements in the model.

For the initially licensed teacher, the model provides support for growth, clear expectations, patterns for professional behavior and a system of accountability. The principal and the mentor provide leadership during those first critical years of a teacher’s career.

With a career in education, a professional growth focus emerges. Teachers partner with their principal as they set growth goals. Instruction reflects the Iowa Teaching Standards and characteristics of effective teaching as defined by the Danielson Framework which is shaped by actions and aligns district, building and individual goals.

The work of our career teachers reflects two presumptions:

  • the presumption of competence – Competence has been clearly demonstrated; continuing employment is not an issue.
  • the presumption of continued learning – Evaluations, using the Professional Growth Model, are not about employment status but are about a demonstrated desire to continue to grow professionally.

Teachers, school board members, administrators and parents together can shape the future of education.

Professional Growth Documents