Teachscape is the online evaluation/observation management tool used by the State Model of the Educator Effectiveness System. It is aligned with the Danielson Framework for Teaching and is comprised of three different systems:
Learn - Professional Learning System that features a professional development content video library and training modules. Teacher training modules on the Danielson Framework domains and components are located here.
Focus - Observation Training and Assessment System for Teacher Evaluators.
Reflect - Observation and Evaluation Management System.
Training within the Teachscape Platform
All evaluators of teachers must successfully complete certification and training prior to observing/evaluating teachers. Review Teachscape certification for more information. Evaluators of teachers must complete calibration activities every semester between re-certification. Re-certification is to occur every 4 years.
DPI recommends but does not require teachers to complete The Framework for Teaching Effectiveness Series 2013 training modules in Learn to gain deeper understanding of the Danielson Framework for Teaching.
DPI is developing professional development for evaluators of Principals.
Teachscape online help provides tutorials and screenshots for navigating and completing basic tasks in the platform.
DPI will coordinate the purchase of Teachscape licenses for districts and 2R charters using the state model of evaluation.
Districts have the ability to create new licenses directly at the district level. District EE Coordinators and/or their designees can make additions and revisions in the User Management System (UMS) within the Teachscape Platform.
Certain types of access and requests for access must be submitted directly to Teachscape, for security reasons, only by the district EE Coordinator. Those requests include:
- access to Focus Observer (for evaluator training and certification)
- access to the User Management System (UMS)
- access to the Reflect Evaluation Administration Management (to assign lead evaluators and evaluation plans)
- data reports
Teachscape is committed to improvement of the system and platform. DPI is working closely with Teachscape to ensure that the platform effectively supports the Educator Effectiveness System. Continuous feedback has informed changes and revisions to Teachscape evaluation management capabilities.
In August of 2015, Teachscape released an updated user interface and new functionality. However, Teachscape Reflect has fallen short of crucial functionality needed to complete beginning of the year tasks in the platform. The DPI EE team has provided users flexibility in the documentation tools used in 2015-16 to keep the work meaningful within local contexts. For more information: http://ee.dpi.wi.gov/eesystem/platform-options
Teachscape Technical Supports
Several resources are available to assist with technical issues and support.