• Welcome to TDES

     What is TDES? 

    TDES is the Teacher Development and Evaluation System for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD).  It is based on the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Professional Practice and incorporates elements of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) rubric developed by the Ohio Standards Board. This comprehensive system is based on self-reflection, observation, feedback, and a plan for growth. 
    The development focus of the TDES system provides opportunities for CMSD professionals to engage within the district in meaningful learning experiences to benefit every child in Cleveland. With focused professional development offered at buildings and at locations throughout the district, CMSD educators dig deep into the Framework for Professional Practice (the TDES rubrics) to enhance the effectiveness of their teaching. 
    Why Update TDES? 
    In 2018, the Ohio State Legislature passed S.B. 216, which changed the state requirements for district teacher evaluation systems. The law requires teacher evaluation systems to be based 100% on the professional practice rubric and eliminates the separate weighted student growth component.  The TDES rubric describes high-quality teaching practices and requires evidence of student learning using high-quality student data.  The revised language bolsters a culture shift of using data to inform instruction and improve practice. 
    The TDES revisions were developed by the TDES Redesign Committee and designed to give professionals and administrators more time to focus on development and professional practice in a collaborative environment.  


    TDES Steering Committee 2021-2022

    TDES policy and procedures are developed by a joint committee of CTU and CMSD administrators.  

    Heather Grant, Co-Chair, CMSD
    Executive Director of Talent Development
    Jillian Ahrens, Co-Chair, CTU
    First Grade Teacher, Memorial School
    3rd Vice-President, K-8 Schools, Cleveland Teachers Union
    Co-Director of Grievances, Cleveland Teachers Union
    Lori Ward, CMSD
    Chief Talent and Equity Officer
    Mark Baumgartner, Member, CTU
    Director of Professional Issues, Cleveland Teachers Union
    Trustee-at-Large, Cleveland Teachers Union
     Wendi Kral, Member, CTU
    Peer Instructional Coach, Jane Addams Business Careers Center
    Membership Committee Chair, Cleveland Teachers Union
    Deborah Paden, Member, CTU
    3rd V.P. Senior High/Special, Cleveland Teachers Union

     Julie Snipes-Rea, Member, CMSD
    Internal Account Administrator, Data and Accountability
    Jessica Baldwin, Member, CMSD
    Executive Director Of Intervention Services

    Great Teachers & Great Leaders

    Great Teachers & Great Leaders is our internet-based portal for managing and accessing TDES.  This site allows both the professional and the evaluator to manage the evaluation forms, communications, and notifications electronically.