Review by: Diana Leibbrandt, The Christian Librarian - November 24, 2015
This book is an extremely helpful resource illustrating that the evaluation of teachers must be coupled with the support for positive change as well as the encouragement of educational leaders. It has many empowering surveys and forms which lead to an organized approach for the evaluator and teacher, with ways to strengthen a teacher's con dence and skill in the classroom. With the use of these well-presented ideas and strategies, the evaluation skills of the supervisor will also improve.
Using the ideas presented in this book would encourage communication and create an atmosphere of cooperation between leaders and teachers. This can only translate to more student growth in a positive classroom setting.
All of the evaluation techniques for educational leaders are put forth in a no-nonsense format; they are concise and clearly thought out.This would be an excellent resource for all educational leaders, those just starting their careers and veterans alike.
Review by: Amy Susman-Stillman, Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) - January 8, 2015
Angele Passe clearly explains why evaluating and supporting early childhood teachers is key to providing high quality early care and education. In the current culture of accountability, this book is a timely, and necessary. Ms. Passe advances best practices in the field, putting recommendations to evaluate and support teachers into practice by offering a set of principles, outlining a process, describing the steps to be taken, and providing tools to use at each step. I particularly appreciate the respectful and ethical perspective she promotes. This book will be incredibly useful to education leaders as they confront the challenges inherent in evaluating and supporting early childhood teachers. I am confident that the information in this book can increase the sense of competence and efficacy of education leaders as they cultivate a culture of quality improvement in early childhood classrooms.
Review by: Lorraine Cooke, Egenolf Early Childhood Center - December 29, 2014
As a new director in an early childhood program, I avidly hunted for a book that could help me manage the many duties of the position. I wanted to not only manage the work, but excel at it. Resources for directors were limited and were certainly not comprehensive. Angele's book presents exactly what every new director needs to know in order to shine. As a very seasoned Director, I found many helpful hints, especially in the section on professional behaviors!
Evaluating and Supporting Early Childhood Teachers is so comprehensive, that all those charged with leading, guiding, supervising, and/or assessing teachers in an early childhood classroom will benefit from its wealth of guidance and encouragement. As more public school personnel get into the practice of managing early childhood classrooms, this book will acclimate them to the nuances of this very special field of work. I highly recommend it to those new in their careers and to those, like me, who have been around for a while!
Review by: Sandra Simar, Child Care Resource & Referral, Inc - November 21, 2014
Angele Passe provides a comprehensive roadmap for improving teacher practices across the range of early care and education programs. Her thoughtful insights and practical checklists will revolutionize the evaluation of teachers and will directly impact children's progress.