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Description of Observation Calibration Training (OCT)

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is using Observation Engine™ to improve the calibration of teacher evaluators. And it works!

Observation Engine is an online tool that uses classroom videos to ensure accurate and reliable classroom observations. With this tool, North Carolina educators can access observer calibration events & reporting that provides practice with rating and helps increase rater agreement to target scores. The online platform allows participants to watch classroom videos, observe instruction, and rate teachers using the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System rubric that is used to evaluate all teachers in North Carolina. Participants receive immediate feedback as to the suggested ratings and supporting evidence for that particular rating. Observation Engine will promote continuous NCEES improvements through an easy to use platform.

Process and Time Commitment

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Types of Participation

All administrators across North Carolina are invited to participate in the OCT.

During the 2015–16 school year, NCDPI is rolling out the OCT to administrators across the state. OCT is structured to be individual and self-paced. However, survey data from the pilot suggests that participants benefited from the process when it was facilitated by a leader in their LEA/Charter. There will be a recommended Facilitators Guide for leaders to use if they decide to participate as a group. This implementation will focus on establishing a collaborative element to the experience, encouraging administrators to engage in conversations around the OCT process.

  • Individual Participation: Individual participants have access to all materials and progress through the Scoring Studies and lessons whenever they choose. The schedule is flexible and the individual may participate in any of the supporting webinars offered. Kimberly Simmons would be the contact person for individual participants.

  • Group Participation: Group participants are led by a LEA/ Charter School Administrator. In most cases this may be the HR Director or an administrative position that supports NCEES. District Leads will have access to resources, including a Facilitator Guide, to support their efforts using the OCT as a collaborative professional development activity. In this instance, participants would still watch and rate video for the Scoring Studies and Lessons individually, however follow-up conversations and activities to support the understanding of the ratings would follow.

mmmIf you have any questions regarding the OCT, please contact Kimberly Simmons, kimberly.simmons@dpi.nc.gov

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