A group of nine educators from across the state came to Quaker Valley last month for a site visit that included a look at teacher evaluation plans.
The following day, Superintendent Joseph Clapper said the district was notified that it had been awarded as a blue ribbon model. A few of the educators noted Quaker Valley as a standout district.
“Three of them said we were by far the best they had ever seen,” Clapper said.
Quaker Valley was selected to receive the Exemplary Practices in Teacher Supervision and Evaluation Award from the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
The award recognizes the work of Pennsylvania school districts in developing and implementing outstanding systems of teacher supervision and evaluation.
Clapper said only six school school districts in the commonwealth have ever won this distinction in 20 years.
The district was recognized today during the PASCD Annual Conference, which runs Nov. 18-20 in Hershey. Clapper and Assistant Superintendent Heidi Ondek traveled to Hershey to accept the honor.
"We're excited about that," Clapper said last week. "We’re the first school district west of Harrisburg to be recognized."
Quaker Valley provided written documentation regarding the district’s supervision and evaluation policies and procedures. In addition, PASCD officials conducted a site visit that included extensive interviews and surveys with administrators and teachers.