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Mid-Year Professional Conversation toolkit

The Mid-year Professional Conversation Toolkit provides information regarding policy requirements, highlights promising practices, and includes tools, templates, and sample videos to support school leaders and teachers in preparing for collaborative professional conversations.

Mid-Year Professional Conversations are one-on-one meetings between the teacher and the evaluator. They are required as the mid-year meeting for teachers with Teacher Improvement Plans (TIPs) and are an optional best practice for other teachers.

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Mid-Year Professional Conversations are one-on-one meetings between the teacher and the evaluator. They are required as the mid-year meeting for teachers with Teacher Improvement Plans (TIPs) and are an optional best practice for other teachers. At a Glance: Best Practices for Mid-year Professional Conversations highlights policy requirements and promising practices for successful collaborative conversations.

This self-reflection tool is intended to support teachers in celebrating their growth and continuing to strengthen their practice. This tool can be used by teachers voluntarily as a resource to guide their thinking as they reflect on their instructional practice, including areas of strength, areas for growth, current support, and desired future support.

As school leaders prepare for teachers’ Mid-Year Professional Conversations, this optional reflection tool may help them plan as they review feedback, Measures of Teacher Practice ratings, and student data.  

This optional template can support school leaders in integrating promising practices into Mid-year Professional Conversations to support teachers’ continued professional growth. 

The Mid-Year Professional Conversations: Strategies to Support Collaborative Conversations resource includes examples of questions and prompts that support a collaborative dialogue and may support school leaders in conducting successful mid-year professional conversations.

The Mid-Year Professional Conversation Sample Video Reflection is a tool to support discussion of the videos of sample conversations.

This video excerpt of a sample Mid-Year Professional Conversation is intended to illustrate best practices and generate discussion among school leaders as they prepare to lead these conversations.

This sample Mid-year Professional Conversations video is intended to serve as a model for collaborative conversations. Evaluators will hold Mid-year Professional Conversations with teachers whose experience, strengths, and areas for growth vary; thus, these samples are not roadmaps for every conversation. Rather, the goal of this video is to support evaluators in envisioning what a successful Mid-year Professional Conversation might look like and to provide some strategies they may find beneficial.

This video excerpt of a sample Mid-Year Professional Conversation is intended to illustrate best practices and generate discussion among school leaders as they prepare to lead these conversations.

This sample Mid-year Professional Conversations video is intended to serve as a model for collaborative conversations. Evaluators will hold Mid-year Professional Conversations with teachers whose experience, strengths, and areas for growth vary; thus, these samples are not roadmaps for every conversation. Rather, the goal of this video is to support evaluators in envisioning what a successful Mid-year Professional Conversation might look like and to provide some strategies they may find beneficial.