Research on Using Observation Systems with Special Educators

Nathan Jones

Overview of different observation systems and a number of related research questions. The presenter also discusses issues that might undermine the validity of observation systems with special educators within the Danielson Framework for Teaching, and proposes some studies needed to explore these issues further.

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Research on Using Observation Systems with Special Educators – Nathan Jones

Bio

Nathan Jones is an assistant professor of special education. He previously worked as a research scientist at Educational Testing Service (ETS), where his research focused on teaching quality, teacher development, and school improvement. In recent work, Dr. Jones examines whether teacher evaluation measures developed in general education (e.g., observation protocols, artifacts, value-added models) are fair and valid for use in special education settings. He is currently a co-PI on a W.T. Grant study examining Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) three-year roll-out of a consequential teacher evaluation system.

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