Prince George's County Public Schools
Peer Assistance and Review

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) program is to provide intensive and differentiated support to non-tenured teachers who are in need of improvement in the area of professional practice. The vision of the program is to ensure that highly effective teachers are in every classroom.

The vision of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association (PGCEA), Association of Supervisory and Administrative School Personnel (ASASP), and Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) PAR program is for all teachers in PGCPS to receive support that allows them to exemplify the highest standards of instructional delivery and to facilitate the highest levels of student achievement.

Goals

The primary purpose of PAR at this time is for highly effective teachers to provide regular, consistent support (particularly peer-coaching and peer-observations) to non-tenured teachers, who have been referred by their principals, with support to select tenured teachers being phased in over time. The ultimate goal of such support is to increase student achievement by ensuring that the pedagogy of all teachers aligns with the best practices outlined in Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching (FfT).

PGCEA and PGCPS will work to attain this goal through shared accountability, collaboration, open communication, professionalism, high expectations, commitment, mutual respect, and a high level of confidentiality.

Program Description

The PAR program contains several key components:

  1. A joint labor-management practitioner committee (PAR Advisory Board) manages and oversees the program.
  2. A panel of expert practitioners (PAR Panel) ensures that teachers receive appropriate levels of support and fair evaluations.
  3. Expert teachers (Consulting Teachers and Classroom Laboratory Teachers) provide high levels of differentiated support for novice teachers and eventually veteran teachers in need of additional support. This support culminates in personnel decisions that heavily consider the reports of these supporting expert teachers along with principal evaluations.

Partnerships

OEPE continues to build partnerships that strengthen our work and align with strategic focus areas of a High Performing Workforce included in the Promise of PGCPS.  PAR represents a partnership between Prince George’s Educators Association (PGCEA) and Association of Supervisory and Administrative School Personnel (ASASP), with Panel members equally representing both organizations.

Peer Assistance and Review Performance Data

PAR Team