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Alternative Evaluations

  1. Alternative Evaluation Sign-Up Procedures

    1. Talk with your evaluator about Alternative Evaluation. If you and your evaluator reach mutual agreement on this option proceed to Step 2.
    2. On Evaluation Conference Form (Form A), indicate in the comments section which of the three above Alternative Evaluation options you choose. Also indicate in the comments section either a) which other teachers you will be working with or b) that you would like the B-PAR Panel to facilitate matching you up with teacher(s) from another school site. Return your filled out Form A to your principal by October 15.
    3. Provide your principal with an Alternative Evaluation Action Plan by November 1 which includes the names of teachers you are working with, and the planned meeting schedule including dates, times, and place.
    Who is eligible to participate in Alternative Evaluation?

    Teachers receiving a summative evaluation of “Distinguished” or “Proficient” may participate in Alternative Evaluation in their subsequent evaluation cycle.

  2. Do my evaluator and I have to agree together on Alternative Evaluation?

    Yes, the contract requires that there be mutual agreement in order for an Alternative Evaluation to take place.

  3. What are the Alternative Evaluation options?

    There are three: Lesson Study, Teacher Action Research and application for National Board Certification.

  4. Can I do Alternative Evaluation every evaluation cycle?

    Unless there is a signed MOU stating otherwise you can only do alternative evaluation every other evaluation cycle.

  5. When do my evaluator and I have to make a decision on the Alternative Evaluation?

    We recommend deciding by October 15th. A conference between the teacher and the evaluator to complete the Professional Development Plan (Form A) is required by November 1st.

  6. Are there other resources available to assist me?

    Yes. BFT has books available on both Lesson Study and Teacher Action Research. If you proceed with Alternative Evaluation and would like one of these books please contact us at The colleagues at your school who have completed an alternative evaluation are another valuable resource.

Action Research

  1. What is the purpose?

    Action research or teacher research is a way for teachers to observe and analyze what is happening to their own classrooms in order to improve instruction. By collecting data on their questions, teachers can objectively examine and improve their practice. Effective teachers are natural researchers, constantly questioning the why and how of teaching and learning. Action research offers a more formal means by which we can investigate our craft.

  2. How does this work?

    1. Identify an issue or question.
    2. Form a hypothesis.
    3. Check existing research on this issue.
    4. Identify multiple data sources.
    5. Collect, organize, and represent data.
    6. Analyze the data and look for patterns.
    7. Summarize findings/report conclusions.

Lesson Study

  1. What is the purpose?

    Lesson study is a way for teachers to plan, observe and refine “research lessons” designed to bring to life their long-term goals for student learning and development. This model provides an ongoing method to improve instruction based on careful observation of students and their work.

  2. How does this work?

    1. Define the problem or issue.
    2. Design the research lesson.
    3. Try out the design.
    4. Assess the design.
    5. Revise the design.
    6. Use the revised design.
    7. Formal peer review.
    8. Share the results.

National Board Certification

  1. What is the purpose?

    National Board Certification (NBC) measures a teacher’s practice against high and rigorous standards. The process is an extensive series of performance-based assessments that includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and thorough analyses of the candidate’s classroom teaching and student learning. Teachers also complete a series of written exercises that probe the depth of their subject-matter knowledge, as well as their understanding of how to teach those subjects.

  2. How does this work?

    1. Contact Sharon Friedman, Sharon_Friedman at, BUSD Professional Development Coordinator, to get information on possible workshops and support groups.

    2.  Make sure you are eligible.

    3. Determine area of certification.

    4. Read the BFT National Boards FAQ for information on financial support and stipends. This FAQ is available on the BFT web site.

      Note: There is revised contract language on this topic.

    5. Join a support group.