Who is eligible to participate in Alternative Evaluation?
receiving a summative evaluation of “Distinguished” or “Proficient” may
participate in Alternative Evaluation in their subsequent evaluation
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.
What are the Alternative Evaluation options?
There are three: Lesson Study, Teacher Action Research and application for National Board Certification.
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.
When do my evaluator and I have to make a decision on the Alternative Evaluation?
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.
Are there other resources available to assist me?
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 bft4tchrlmi.net. The colleagues at
your school who have completed an alternative evaluation are another
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.
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.
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
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
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
Contact Sharon Friedman, Sharon_Friedman at berkeley.k12.ca.us, BUSD
Professional Development Coordinator, to get information on possible
workshops and support groups.
Make sure you are eligible.
Determine area of certification.
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.