Peer of Choice Cycle
Peer of choice overviewThe Anoka-Hennepin Q Comp plan requires that staff are observed by more that one person over the course of the year. A "peer of choice" acts as the observer for one of the three Q Comp observations, typically the second observation.A staff member acting as a peer of choice is paid $100 in recognition of participation in the pre-observation conference, post-observation conference, and their preparation for the post-observation conference.
- Peer of choice overview - Document describing the POC process
- The peer of choice observation is intended to be a formative observation. The data to be collected will be determined by the staff member being observed, with the focus generally being on a specific skill, process, or strategy.
- Your Q Comp peer evaluator will facilitate the pre-observation and post-observation conferences between you and your peer of choice. Only your peer of choice will be present at your observation.
Who can be a peer of choice?
- All licensed staff who have been trained may act as a peer of choice.
- Probationary staff members are not observed by a peer of choice, but may act as a peer of choice for others.
- One person may act as a peer of choice for up to five staff members.
- Staff members may not choose the same peer of choice two years in a row.
- Staff members need to be trained in order to serve as a peer of choice. The training is accessible by registering through the LMS system.
- Building principals may limit the individuals that can act as a peer of choice to accommodate the instructional needs of the building.
Peer of choice commitments
- Participate in the pre-observation conference to better understand the data you are being asked to collect and the lesson you will be observing.
- Accurately record the requested data.
- Summarize the data collected to be shared with the observed colleague.
- Participate in the post-observation conference, sharing your thoughts about the lesson.
Peer of choice training
Beginning Fall 2016: To serve as a Peer of Choice for another teacher, you must complete the new online training. Register online through LMS like all staff development opportunities.
Peer of Choice Observation Process
- Staff member selects and contacts a colleague to act as a peer of choice.
- Staff member, peer of choice, and peer evaluator work together to schedule the pre-observation conference, observation, and post-observation conference.
- Staff member completes a pre-observation planning form (form E) in the online Anoka-Hennepin Employee Performance System.
- Staff member, peer of choice, and peer evaluator meet for a pre-observation conference to discuss the lesson and observation.
- During the lesson, the peer of choice observes and collects the requested data.
- After the lesson, the peer of choice summarizes the data collected to prepare for the post-observation conference.
- Staff member, peer of choice, and peer evaluator meet for a post-observation conference to reflect on the lesson, review the data that was collected, and discuss plans for future observations.
- Staff member completes a post-observation reflection (form F) in the Anoka-Hennepin Employee Performance System.
- Form G in the Anoka-Hennepin Employee Performance System is a mid-year reflection completed by the staff member after the peer of choice observation is completed.