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Evaluating Teachers of Non-Tested Subjects

I am looking for assistance in reaching administrators in the state of Pennsylvania.  Please copy and paste the message below into an email and forward to administrators who might be convinced to participate!  Please use the title above as the subject line in your email.  Personal invitations from concerned music educators will go a long way in encouraging participation!  If you are in a position of leadership in your school district i.e. music department chair, music supervisor, lead teacher, etc., you may also participate!  Thank you so much for your help!
To: School Administrators and Music Department Leaders
From: Joy Hirokawa, Moravian College/Boston University
RE: Research in Music Teacher Observation and Evaluation
Teacher evaluation has become a hot topic in education.  As a person in a leadership position in education, I’m certain that you are concerned with the evaluation of all the teachers in your school district.  Because of the unique nature of the subject, the evaluation of music teachers presents some specific challenges. 
As part of my doctoral studies, I am investigating the process of music teacher evaluation. I am requesting help in developing an approach by which music teachers can be consistently and effectively evaluated.
I am asking for approximately 30 – 45 minutes of your time to view a video recording of a music teacher teaching, and to complete an evaluation rubric.    The entire process is online, allowing flexibility as to when you might be able to complete the study. Responses will be anonymous and participation confidential.  
If you are interested in participating, please go to:
Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who may be interested in participating.
Thank you!
Joy Hirokawa
Moravian College, Instructor of Music Education
Boston University, DMA (anticipated May 2013)
w. 610-861-1671
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