Speech_bubble.pngAs part of the building-level new teacher induction program, administrators will explain the teacher observation forms and observation procedures to all new teachers.

The following is a schedule of the minimum number of observations for non-tenured teachers during their first three years. The first formal observation for a non-tenured teacher who is new to the district will take place during the first four weeks of school.

Visit the Non-Tenured Teachers blog to read the insights of your peers.

Year One:

Elementary Schools

Elementary Teachers (non-special education teachers):

  • 2 Observations by Building Administrators
  • 1 Observation by Assistant Superintendent
  • 1 Observation by Elementary Supervisor

Elementary Special Education Teachers:

  • 1 Observation by Building Principal
  • 1 Observation by Assistant Superintendent
  • 1 Observation by Elementary Supervisor
  • 1 Observation by Director of Special Education

Middle School and High School

Middle School and High School Teachers (non-special education teachers)

  • 3 Observations by Building Administrators
  • 1 Observation by Assistant Superintendent

Middle School and High School Special Education Teachers

  • 2 Observations by Building Administrators
  • 1 Observation by Assistant Superintendent
  • 1 Observation by Director of Special Education
One observation during the second semester will be digitally recorded and viewed by the teacher as a vehicle for self reflection.

Year Two:

Elementary Schools

Elementary Teachers (non-special education teachers)

  • 2 Observations by Building Principal
  • 1 Observation by Language Arts Supervisor

Elementary Special Education Teachers

  • 1 Observation by Building Administrator
  • 1 Observation by Language Arts Supervisor
  • 1 Observation by Director of Special Education

Middle School and High School

High School and Middle School Teachers (non-language arts teachers)

  • 3 Observations by Building Administrator
  • Observations by Language Art Supervisor, as requested

High School and Middle School Language Arts Teachers

  • 1 Observation by Language Arts Supervisor
  • 2 Observations by Building Administrators

Year Three:

Elementary, Middle, and High Schools

All Teachers

  • 1 Observation by Building Administrator
  • 1 Observation by Director of Instructional Technology

Guidelines for Administrative Observations of Non-Tenured Teachers

  • Teachers will be provided with a schedule of yearly observations at the beginning of each school year.
  • Teachers will have a pre-observation conference with the administrator (for scheduled observations) to review and discuss the questions that are listed on the pre-observation conference form.
  • Teachers will have a post-observation conference with the administrator to review and discuss the questions that are listed on the post-observation conference form.

Guidelines for Video Observation

  • Teachers will have a scheduled pre-observation conference with the administrator.
  • Administrator or his/her designee will digitally record the entire lesson.
  • Teacher will review the video independently and complete a lesson analysis t-chart for the purpose of self assessment.
  • If the administrator did not digitally record the lesson, he/she will view and complete a lesson analysis form.
  • A post-observation conference will be held to discuss the lesson collaboratively. The same questions used to guide a regular post-observation conference will be used at the post-observation conference from the digitally recorded observation.

Teachers who are recommended for tenure will select a differentiated supervision option the following year.

New Teachers who come to South Western with Tenure:

New tenured teachers will be observed once per semester for their first year at South Western. New tenured teachers will have the option to select a differentiated supervision plan option the following year.




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