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The Kind of Evaluation that Matters Most to Teachers

Unless you spend time in a school, you don't really know how tough a public school teacher's job really is.


Debates over how teachers should be evaluated have been at the forefront of the Chicago teachers strike and a part of the national education reform conversation.

At the end of the day on the second day of school, September 5, one of my students, Veronica, pulled my arm down so she could whisper something in my ear. She told me, "Mr. Sajous-Brady, you're the best third-grade teacher in Illinois." As someone who has spent over 17 years in classrooms—with the last 12-plus being in a neighborhood Chicago Public School—I've been able to recognize and deeply appreciate the honor that comes with this sort of praise from 8-year-olds.

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