Ap­praisal not puni­tive – JTC head

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - An­dré Poyser Staff Re­porter an­dre.poyser@glean­erjm.com

CHIEF EX­EC­U­TIVE of­fi­cer of the Ja­maica Teach­ing Coun­cil (JTC), Dr Win­some Gor­don, has sought to as­sure teach­ers that a new ap­praisal tool be­ing rolled out by the coun­cil is not aimed at ma­lign­ing them.

Speak­ing at Ja­maica’s first Na­tional Sym­po­sium on the Teach­ing Pro­fes­sion or­gan­ised by the JTC, Gor­don said that the ap­praisal in­stru­ment should serve as a bench­mark for pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

“One chal­lenge that we are try­ing to grap­ple with is the mat­ter of di­a­logue, and you are go­ing to find that un­der­pin­ning the ap­praisal is a need for di­a­logue. It is not puni­tive,” she told ed­u­ca­tors at­tend­ing the sym­po­sium.

TEACH­ERS’ FEED­BACK

The JTC has been pi­lot­ing the draft ap­praisal in­stru­ments to as­sess the per­for­mance of teach­ers and prin­ci­pals. The in­stru­ments, which were cir­cu­lated to ed­u­ca­tors for their feed­back, are to be re­vised af­ter feed­back from ed­u­ca­tors is taken into ac­count.

The JTC has said the in­stru­ments will be used to iden­tify and as­sess per­for­mance on critical ar­eas of school lead­er­ship that should re­sult in op­ti­mal learn­ing for all stu­dents.

“The ap­praisal process is a

di­a­logue, and when you have a di­a­logue, you bring minds to­gether to cre­ate a work of art and you ar­rive at a beau­ti­ful spot where ev­ery­one un­der­stands where the ship is go­ing and his or her role on that ship,” Gor­don added.

The JTC head dis­closed that the ap­praisal tool has been met with some amount of dis­quiet be­cause of fears that some teach­ers have about the ap­praisal be­ing used to vic­timise them.

“Dur­ing this ap­praisal process, we have to build trust,” she said.

Dr Win­some Gor­don, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Ja­maica Teach­ing Coun­cil.

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