Season 4: Episode 4 – Making Evaluation Meaningful with PJ Caposey [Podcast]

Today we are speaking with PJ Caposey, author of several books including Making Evaluation Meaningful: Transforming the Conversation to Transform Schools, Building a Culture of Support: Strategies for School Leaders and Teach Smart: Learner-centered Strategies that Ensure Student Success.

Dr. Caposey has had a wide range of educational experiences throughout his career – teacher, assistant principal, principal and superintendent. PJ is currently Superintendent in Meridian SD 223 in Illinois. PJ has received numerous recognitions, including:

  • Illinois Principal’s Association/Horace Mann Partners in Education Award and Illinois Principals Association Principal of the Year for NW Illinois
  • Award of Merit for the Those Who Excel program sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education
  • ASCD Emerging Leader
  • one of 25 Superintendents to watch nationally by NSPRA and recipient of the INSPRA Distinguished Service Award of Excellence in 2016

PJ earned his doctorate from Western Illinois University and writes regularly for sites such as Huffington Post, Eye on Education, ASCD and Edutopia. PJ is a sought after presenter, consultant, and professional development provider, living in Illinois with his wife and four children!

Here is what we talked about:

  1. Give us some background on Making Evaluation Meaningful. What is the big question behind the work, and how do you approach the evaluation process in a transformative way?
  2. Talk about the importance of relationships in setting a productive culture for evaluation, and share your CHANGES acronym.
  3. What are some of the priority mindsets, preparation tasks and skills you recommend for principals to become outstanding instructional leaders and evaluators? Maybe some ideas for pre-conference and observations.
  4. What are some strategies for giving feedback in the post-conference?
  5.  Can you share an example or story of how a teacher/classroom has been transformed by an effective evaluation process as you’ve outlined here today?
  6. We talk a lot about agency – in the classroom and throughout the organization. How can the evaluation process become something that provides teachers with greater agency in their work?
  7. How can central office staff, particularly superintendents, assistant superintendents and curriculum directors, best support principals in carrying out an effective evaluation process?
  8. What’s next for PJ? What are you working on?

Join in the conversation!

Each episode we leave you with a question or two to think about with the idea of provoking conversation.

This week’s questions:

  1. What mindsets or strategies will you employ to improve your skills as an evaluator?
  2. How will you engage teachers in shifting the evaluation conversation?

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