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    For new teachers, there are two formal (announced) and several informal (pop-in) observations. I believe this is true through five years, when the number of formal observations is reduced to one, but the pop-ins continue. For teachers with ten or more years, pop-in's continue, but teachers choose a professional development goal on which they work for the year. It can be developing a new curricular plan, taking on research, etc. This project is written up with a simple plan/goal and steps which will be taken. A timeline is set, and later in the year an administrator will meet to discuss the progress and offer help/suggestions, if desired.
    In the past, only formal observations were made, but the faculty felt that these tended to be more artificial and did not reflect the reality of the day-to-day. As a result, the process includes pop-in's.

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