Teaching Profession

Indiana District OKs Peer Review

By Stephen Sawchuk — March 11, 2009 1 min read

Talk about good timing: The Anderson, Ind., school district has become the first peer- assistance and -review program in the Hoosier State.

Like the Toledo, Ohio, peer-review program, the Anderson PAR will provide targeted assistance to new teachers and to struggling veterans through a combination of peer-mentoring and -evaluation.

“PAR is an example of an innovative, successful union-led education reform,” said Dal Lawrence, who helped craft Toledo’s program nearly 30 years ago. “It shows just how inaccurate the stereotype is that teacher unions are anti-reform or anti-accountability.”

The AFT has promoted PAR for quite some time, and the concept got an extra boost at its 2007 convention.

PAR will debut in Anderson this fall.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.