Capturing Video Prompts Reflection

Sarah Brown Wessling, a high school teacher says, “Do you cringe watching yourself on video? Is that really what I sound like?! Herein lies the power and necessity of learning from a video. Without this kind of record, teachers run the risk of only knowing what our classroom is like ‘in our own heads.’ With it we start to understand what our students experience.”

As the summer winds down, think about how you can make use of a video camera in your classroom and how you are preparing to ‘hear your own voice.’ See her hints at:

Summer 2014 TPEP Update

OSPI recently published a bulletin 041 -14 with an update on TPEP including info on Evaluation data, eVAL, Teacher Training Funding, and requesting minor modifications. You can read the bulletin under the ‘Resources’ section.

We have also provided a 2014 TPEP Update Presentation for districts to modify to meet their individual needs. This is also available under the ‘Resources’ section. Scroll down to Presentations.

Implementation Stories

Curious about what other districts did for TPEP implementation and how it went? OSPI partnered with the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession to interview a couple districts about their process. Watch the videos here.

New and Updated ‘Capturing the Learning Point’ documents


New “Capturing the Learning Point” documents have been added!

These are tools and best practices for implementing Washington’s new teacher and principal evaluation system. These ideas have been drawn from interviews with district leaders, principals, and teachers who have participated in the pilot project. The hope is that the lessons learned from their experiences will address concerns and lead districts toward greater success.

Find the both the new and revised documents here.

2014 State of the State Educator Survey Report Released

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) released their findings from an early 2014 survey that went out to teachers, principals, superintendents, and school directors across the state. The results from the over 7,000 respondents touches on topics of understanding such as communication, support needs, and results of the evaluation systems as well as requirements of the new Common Core. Read the report titled “Washington’s 2014 State of the State Educator Survey Report: Summary of Key Findings” or view all of our available reports, studies, presentations, and surveys.

2012-13 School Employee Evaluation Data

Data collected from the 2012-13 SY School Employee Evaluation Survey is now available. Visit our Reports, Studies, Presentations, and Surveys page for more information. (Scroll to the bottom of the page under the ‘Data’ section).

Student Growth Case Stories

Student Grown Case Studies

The Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession, in partnership with OSPI convened a group of National Board Certified Teachers to discuss how these teachers are using student growth in their classroom. Read about how student growth is impacting their teaching here.

2014 – 2015 Teacher Training Funds

The 2014 Legislature appropriated $5 million ” solely for the provision of training for teachers in the performance-based teacher principal evaluation program” during the 2014-2015 school year.

Districts will be allowed to apply for funding via the iGrants system beginning August 1st.

More information is available here. A list of maximum allocations per district can be found here.

OSPI will not review a district’s 2014-2015 application until all necessary supplemental documentation has been received for the district’s 2013-2014 claims. 2013-14 supplemental documentation should be emailed to

Questions? Email

Pre and Post Observation Video Examples

Pre and Post Observation Video Examples

ICFFS’s from each of the three frameworks have put together video samples of both pre and post observation conversations.

Learning-Focused Supervision Expert Applications


Washington has invested in assuring that supervisors deeply understand the instructional or leadership framework they use to assess the performance of educators. That knowledge is critical but not sufficient. Skillful evaluators must be able to move effectively among the stances of coaching, collaborating, consulting, and calibrating with those they are evaluating. For supervisors, the ability to structure and facilitate powerful growth-oriented conversations lies at the heart of both one-to-one and collective work with those they evaluate.

Washington intends to establish a cadre of administrators excited to learn the dialogue skills of Learning-Focused Supervision and learn how to teach those skills to colleagues.

OSPI is recruiting up to sixty educators to participate in Phase 1 – the Foundations for Learning-Focused Supervision in Yakima June 26-27 and July 28-29 (location TBD). During the fall of 2014, participants will decide whether to apply for Phase 2 – Deepening Skills for Learning-Focused Supervision. OSPI intends to select up to thirty participants for Phase 2, which will take place March 6-7, 2015. Those who successfully complete Phase 2 and meet established performance standards will have completed the first steps in the endorsement process to work with MiraVia as independent contractors to teach workshops and share their LFS expertise with districts.


Qualified candidates will have:

  • Current or prior position as a supervisor/evaluator, i.e., responsibility for observing, collecting, analyzing and scoring data using rubric-driven standards, as well as responsibility for discussing the rating with staff and providing feedback for improvement.
  • Experience teaching adults as a professional developer
  • Availability to fully participate in training dates.

NOTE: We invite applications from partnerships forged from individuals with different strength/ experiences. For example, someone with coaching experience paired with a building administrator.

Expectations – Phase 1 Foundations

  • Participate in all training sessions (Yakima, June 26-27, 2014 and July 28-29, 2014 – location TBD).
  • Submit planning and reflecting conversation videotapes, with transcriptions and rubric-based self-assessment (following summer training sessions, to be completed by December 15, 2014.)
  • Participate in face-to-face or virtual goal-setting and feedback sessions with personal coach
  • Complete written assessment
  • Demonstrate growth in knowledge and skill; commitment to project

Expectations – Phase 2 Deepening Skills

  • Successful completion of Phase I
  • Participate in training of trainers session and skill deepening session March 6-7, 2015
  • Continue with learning-focused feedback and coaching sessions, including additional videotape

Training Logistics

There is no fee for attending the training. Conference meals, materials, and hotel accommodations June 26-27 and July 28-29 will be provided. All other expenses will be the responsibility of the participant.

Apply Online

The online application can be found here or by copying and pasting into your browser.

Applications are due by April 4, 2014.

  • You will need a personal statement that should not exceed more than two pages (single spaced)
  • You will need two letters of recommendation
  • You are able to save your application to continue working on it a later point.


Send any questions via email to You can also contact Jeanne Harmon at (360) 725-6116. The OSPI TTY number is (360) 664-3631.