From the Field #2: From "Gotcha" to "Got Your Back": Lessening the Competition and Stress of Teacher Evaluations

When discussing staff culture with educators, I am hearing about a more competitive feel to adult relationships in schools.  The current state of education has many educators worried about their jobs much more than with the evaluation systems that were prevalent in the past.  Declining student numbers, new and confusing evaluation criteria, and heightened community expectations can all develop competition between staff members.