The Most Effective Way to Support Faculty: Through Growth and Evaluation

The Most Effective Way to Support Faculty: Through Growth and Evaluation
The Most Effective Way to Support Faculty: Through Growth and Evaluation

Time: 12:00pm ET

If you’ve been struggling to find a balance between supporting your faculty as they face the ongoing challenges of the past year, holding them accountable for performance, and pushing them to grow, you’re not alone.

Especially this year, as teachers and leaders add managing hybrid and distance learning to an already full schedule, you need an effective faculty growth and support plan. This webinar will walk you through ISM’s teacher-approved framework that supports teachers in their professional development while providing a clear set of expectations they can count on—whether they’re teaching in person, at a distance, or some combination of the two.

  • Are you overwhelmed by the thought of conducting faculty evaluation, even during a normal school year?
  • Are you unsure if your current approach to faculty growth and evaluation adequately supports your teachers?
  • Do you want to know how to best support your teachers, especially in a school year unlike any other?

ISM worked with over 600 teachers and administrators this summer to help hone blended and distance learning proficiencies for the coming school year. We heard the same things again and again: Teachers crave consistent communication, clear expectations, and a sense that their administrators care.

This reflects what ISM research has long shown: Teachers need predictability and support to thrive. This is never more true than in a crisis.

This webinar walks you through ISM’s most up-to-date model of faculty growth and evaluation. We base our methods on a research-enriched approach to all the issues we have seen administrators face regarding traditional evaluation. Learn to implement a sustainable evaluation system that ensures excellence and a growth plan that makes a difference in the classroom. Webinar attendees will also receive sample forms and resources.

You will learn how to:

  • articulate the purpose and desired outcomes of faculty evaluation and growth;
  • identify the biggest mistakes schools make in approaching evaluation and growth;
  • conduct evaluations that are easy, efficient, and effective, allowing time for coaching;
  • get your teachers excited and involved;
  • foster leadership among your faculty through coaching opportunities; and
  • conduct this work in distance and hybrid learning scenarios.

After this webinar, you’ll be:

  • ready to improve your faculty growth and evaluation system;
  • able to identify what elements a great system requires; and
  • confident in your ability to take your current approach from ordinary to extraordinary.

This webinar is for:

Academic administrators, including School Heads, Division Heads, Academic Deans, Deans of Faculty, Department Chairs, and others who work closely with faculty.

Barbara Beachley

Barbara Beachley

ISM Director of Organizational Learning and Development | Consultant


Barbara provides her expertise in the areas of organizational systems and culture, academic leadership, employee evaluation and growth, student-centered and brain-based pedagogy, survey design, and data analysis.

Current Role

As Consultant and Director of Organizational Learning and Development, Barbara:

  • coordinates growth and leadership development programs for ISM employees;
  • tracks and curates ISM principles and curriculum;
  • consults; writes for Ideas & Perspectives; co-authors books; and conducts webinars in her areas of expertise;
  • facilitates workshops such as ISM’s Engaging Students in an Extended Period, Support Student Success with Faculty Growth and Evaluation Teachers Love!, and Transformative Academic Leadership;
  • presents at national and regional association conferences;
  • provides one-on-one leadership coaching to academic administrators
  • facilitates Board and school leadership retreats; and
  • conducts school survey data presentations for employees, students, Boards, and parents.

Prior Experience

Barbara joined ISM in 2011 after working in the field of education since 1996. She served as an ESL and adult literacy teacher at Boston University, MA; an upper school modern language teacher at the MacDuffie School, MA; and a language teacher and lead advisor at Collegiate School, VA. She also served as Academic Dean at Cape Henry Collegiate School, VA, where she oversaw curriculum and professional growth in grades PK−12.

While enrolled at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, she attended a year of high school in France through School Year Abroad. She later lived in Spain and Brazil, where she learned Spanish and Portuguese.


Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Trinity College, CT; a master’s degree in applied linguistics from Boston University, MA; a master’s degree in educational administration from Harvard University, MA; and a master’s degree in independent school leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY.

Personal Mission Statement

For all beings to be seen, heard, and valued.


Josh Nelson

Joshua Nelson

ISM Consultant


Joshua provides insight and counsel to private-independent schools, focusing on programmatic matters in the areas of mathematics, design thinking, and the makerspace design and curriculum model—the mlab. He was instrumental in the service design of “Engaging Students in the Extended Period.”

Current Role

As an ISM Consultant, Joshua provides his knowledge and skills through one-on-one engagements and workshops. He works with school administration and faculty to develop curriculum and policies leveraging innovative technologies and principles of progressive education.

Joshua most recently served as Upper School Curriculum & Technology Innovator at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, TX. He was the director of the school’s mlab—a design studio and digital fabrication space which houses 3D printers, laser cutters, milling machines, microprocessors, VR platforms, and other innovative technologies to augment and enhance student learning.

Joshua has procured private funding in excess of $180k for the buildout of the mlab. He is responsible for developing the vision of the makerspace, and integrating the principles of learning found in the mlab mission throughout the entire school community and within each disciplines’ curriculum. He collaborates with tech companies in the Austin area to develop projects to connect school with the larger Austin area tech community.

Prior Experience

Joshua was the Math Department Chair and a math teacher, where he also supervised all curricular aspects of the grades 1 through 12 mathematics program. He evaluated grades 1 through 8 mathematics instructors and managed the mathematics department budget.

He has also taught math at the collegiate level (ITT) and middle school level (Saint Gabriel’s), emphasizing project-based instruction and technology.


Joshua earned his Ph.D. in STEM Education at University of Texas, Austin, TX. He holds a MA in Mathematics Education from University of Texas, Austin; a MS in Mathematics from Texas Tech University; and a BA in Mathematics, from Texas Tech University.

If several of us at the school want to attend the webinar, do we each have to register and pay?

If two or more people at your school want to attend the webinar in the same location (for example, in a conference room with one monitor), then you only need to register and pay for one person who will receive the email and link. If you have people in remote locations, each person will need to register and pay separately. Essentially, a registration and payment gives you one link to the webinar.

Will I receive a reminder about the webinar I’ve just purchased?

Yes. A message will be sent to the email address you registered one or two days before the run date. You will receive a link to the webinar as well as PDF slides of the presentation you will be attending.

What happens if I miss my webinar? Will the fee be refunded?

If you’ve missed your scheduled webinar, don’t panic—you will automatically receive a link to the recorded webinar, barring any technical difficulties that prevent us from recording the session.

Will I receive a recorded version of the webinar after it concludes?

Yes, a recording of your webinar will be sent 24–48 hours after the recording concludes. 

What if I have questions about the presentation? Whom do I contact?

You will be able to type questions, thoughts, and concerns in the communication box throughout the webinar. Each webinar allows 15 minutes for answering questions.

Confirmation and Cancellation Policy

We will correspond with you through email as soon as your workshop is confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to its start date. Occasionally, we may be forced to cancel an unconfirmed, scheduled workshop due to insufficient registration. So we ask that you do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive notice that your workshop is confirmed. (ISM will not be responsible for any change/cancellation charges assessed by your airline or travel agent.)

Tuition Payment and Cancellation Policy for In-Person, Group-based Programs

Tuition must be paid in full 10 business days prior to the start date of the in-person, group-based program. An attendee with a balance due on the start date will be denied entrance to the program until the balance is paid in full.

Cancellation requests must be made in writing by emailing, faxing to 302-656-0647, or mailing to: Professional Development Coordinator, ISM, 2207 Concord Pike, #417 Wilmington, DE 19803.

  • Cancellations received more than 15 business days prior to the start date of the program will be fully refunded. Gold Dollars will also be fully refunded.
  • There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 15 business days before the start of the program. For registrations paid for with membership Gold Dollars, the member school will receive a 50% refund of Gold Dollars.
  • Non-payment of tuition or no-show to the event does not constitute a cancellation. Full tuition will be due and payable.

The Substitution Option and Wallet Option

Should an attendee need to cancel less than 15 days prior to the start date of the workshop, the school has two options to avoid penalty. Schools may also exercise these options at anytime for cancellations. 

  1. The school may substitute another employee.
  2. The school may bank the funds for a future ISM registration. These funds must be applied to a professional development event within one year from the start date of the original workshop. After one year, the funds will be forfeited. To use banked funds, please call the Professional Development Coordinator at 302-656-4944 x152.

*We DO NOT accept enrollments from consultants.


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