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  Dear Participants,

We are conducting a survey of Connecticut public school teachers and school leaders regarding the implementation of the teacher evaluation systems in their school settings. The purpose of the study is to: a) examine how the new teacher evaluation systems influence teachers’ instructional practices, district and school leadership practices, and student learning and achievement; b) explore school and district experiences as the new teacher evaluation systems are implemented and experienced; and c) explore how the implementation of teacher evaluation systems is impacted by and impacts the leader and teacher relationship.

If you agree to participate in this research, you will be asked to complete the attached questionnaire. This will take approximately ten minutes of your time. If you choose to participate, please answer all the questions as honestly as possible within three days of the receipt of this email. Participation is voluntary. Your responses will be submerged in the data. Your privacy will be protected at all times. No IP addresses will be collected. You will not be identified individually in any way as a result of your participation in this research. The research data will be kept in a secure computer. Only the researchers will have access to the research data. The data will be deleted completely from the computers in 2019.

You may refuse to participate in this research. Such refusal will not have any negative consequences for you. If you begin to participate in the research, you may at any time, for any reason, discontinue your participation without any negative consequences.

The potential benefits of this research are the following: the results of the study will be used to inform educators in Connecticut and across the United States about the impact and influence of the System for Educator Evaluation and Development (SEED), which is a value-added model (VAM) on teachers, school and district leaders, and students. The data collected may be used as part of publications and papers about System for Educator Evaluation and Development (SEED). It is anticipated that the results of this study will be shared with others in the following ways: presentations at conferences, in papers, in journal publications, and online.

The results will provide insights into the implementation of teacher evaluation systems as well as insights into how best to support teachers and educational leaders in Connecticut as they work to implement the new teacher and administrator evaluation system.

Thank you for assisting us in this timely endeavor regarding the implementation of teacher evaluation in Connecticut. If you require more information or if you have concerns or questions please contact any of us. If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or if you have a research-related complaint, please contact Dr. Jennifer Hedlund, Chair, CCSU Human Studies Council, at 860-832-2968, or email HedlundJ@ccsu.edu. Or you may contact the HSC Administrator, CCSU Human Studies Council, at 860-832-2366, or email hsc@ccsu.edu.

Sincerely,

Dr. Maria Mongillo, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Policy, and Instructional Technology

maria.boeke.mongillo@ccsu.edu



Dr. Penelope Lisi, Professor, Educational Leadership, Policy, and Instructional Technology, and Director, Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership

lisip@ccsu.edu



Dr. Tony Rigazio-DiGilio, Professor and Chair, Educational Leadership, Policy, and Instructional Technology

Digilio@ccsu.edu
   
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