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Evaluating Teachers for Professional Growth:
Creating a Culture of Motivation and Learning


Dan’s desire to work with teachers more effectively as a building principal during the evaluation process led him to search for ways to integrate research based standards of teacher performance and research on adult motivation to learn. Dan piloted a process that incorporated self-assessment, the use of multiple data sources, and accountability process for teachers needing improvement. Corwin Press published his book in 2000, and reviews can be found on their website: 

“This book makes an important contribution to a critical aspect of improving the profession.”

Charlotte Danielson, Educational Testing Service; Princeton, New Jersey, author of Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching


“With a clear picture of what motivates teachers, Beerens gives us a workable and virtuous approach to nurturing professional teachers. His proposals are rooted in authentic experience and a caring heart.”

Max De Pree, best selling author of Leadership Jazz and Leading Without Power


“A very helpful tool for districts trying to create a more authentic assessment instrument. This is a “one-stop-shopping” source. Beerens reviews the research and provides practical turnkey evaluative procedures.”

G. Steven Griggs, principal, Francis Howell High School; St. Louis, MO


“Across the nation, teacher evaluation processes are inadequate at best; at worst, they are detrimental to best instructional practices. This book advocates a process that has the potential to energize and motivate teachers to improve.”

Mary Beth Poole, adjunct graduate faculty, East Carolina University


Dan’s book is available for sale from Corwin Press and from Amazon.

He is available for presentations or consultation on this topic.

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