Jeffrey said he’s confident all schools in the ISD will jump on board. He estimates it will take at least three years to fully implement the new standards.
“Daunting” is the word Traverse City Education Association President and Traverse City East Middle School teacher Jeff Leonhardt used to describe the changes.
“While our current evaluation system does have some of the aspects, I’d say Marzano is way more in-depth and a lot more involved. It’s going to be a lot of work for teachers to be prepared for the Marzano evaluation,” he said.
Erin Ryan is part of the Marzano teacher leadership team at Traverse City Central High School. She acknowledged the challenge of getting all educators to a comfortable level of understanding the new system, but said its focus on teachers is what will make it succeed.
“It’s very thoughtful and very intentional on how we plan our units in the curriculum. It’s helped me to focus on establishing very concrete goals,” Ryan said. “What Marzano is doing is providing support for the teachers to be the best we can be for our school.”
Leonhardt is cautious to be too optimistic, but he said many teachers aren’t happy with the current evaluation model being used.
Marzano could be the answer local schools are looking for, even if it is a big change.
“The devil’s in the details,” Leonhardt said. “Who knows what will happen.”