Observation is one source of evidence that contributes to an educator's Overall Professional Practice Rating. For some categories of Other Professionals, observations may look more like a site visit to meet the confidentiality needs of their work.
Each district in Kentucky has made their own decision about how many and what kinds of observations will occur during a teacher's summative cycle. All observations will include a post-observation conference where Other Professionals and primary evaluators will have a conversation about how the evidence collected during the observation aligns with the Kentucky Framework for Teaching-Specialist Frameworks.
The power of observation lies in its ability to provide feedback and analytical reflection necessary for Other Professionals to make intentional changes to their professional practices.
Observation Requirements for the OPGES Pilot
For the pilot year, one full observation will be completed by the evaluator and one observation by the peer observer. (Districts may determine the length of time a peer observer visits).
The time frame within which OPGES Observations/Site Visits are conducted is determined by the district timeline for all PGES observations.
Observer Certification and Calibration
Observers receive initial certification and go through yearly calibration to ensure inter-reliability across the commonwealth of Kentucky. Observers of Other Professionals should also review the Observation Guidance for Other Professionals
document, which will be posted soon.
This is an important time for Observers of Other Professions to make sure they have a clear understanding of the specifics of the Other Professional's Specialist Framework.
Districts may choose to hold pre-obserservation conferences with Other Professionals to determine the "look fors" and clarify the role of the Other Professional. The pre-observation visits may occur by email, phone or other methods.
Before the scheduled observation/site visit, the observer needs to familiarize themselves with the framework and the information regarding the Other Professional's role.
Other Professionals will meet with their observer for a post-observation conference within five school days of their observation. At this time a conversation is had where both parties come to agreement about how the evidence collected during the Other Professional's Observation/Site Visit aligns with their individual Specialist Framework. This is a collaborative process.
Pilot Observation Forms
The following forms are provided as a back up measure of the OPGES Pilot in case a principal is having difficulty accessing the correct framework for an Other Professional in the CIITS/EDS Observation Tool. Please use CIITS/EDS if you are able.
Guidance Counselor Observation Tool
Instructional Specialist Observation Tool
Library Media Specialist Observation Tool
Pschologist Observation Tool
Therapeutic Specialist Observation Tool
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