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EUSD PAR Program

about 1 year ago

By C.W. Smith, Ed.D.

Peer Assistance Review (PAR) Program


The Empire Union School District PAR Program offers many important benefits which will help teachers meet the challenges of today’s educational system in California and EUSD alike. PAR’s mentoring component helps teachers succeed and, thus, increase student achievement. 

A study of 25 of the world’s school systems, including 10 of top performers, found that investments in teachers and teaching are central to improving student outcomes. It found that the top school systems emphasize 1) getting the right people to become teachers; 2) developing them into effective instructors; and 3) ensuring that the system is able to deliver the best possible instruction for every child. Despite this research, in California there are relatively few opportunities for expert teachers to share practices with their peers or to take on leadership roles. With the recent adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the development of the new science standards (Next Generation Science Standards – NGSS) and an ambitious new assessment system, California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASSP), major changes in curriculum and instruction are needed in order to enable our students to succeed.

The Empire Union School District PAR Program offers many important benefits which will help teachers meet the challenges of today’s educational system in California and EUSD alike. PAR’s mentoring component helps teachers succeed and, thus, increase student achievement. This process of selective retention can lead to a stronger teaching force and promote an organizational culture focused on sound teaching practice. The vision of the PAR Program is that highly effective teachers are in every classroom. Furthermore, it is for all teachers to receive support that allows them to exemplify the highest standards of instructional delivery and facilitate the highest levels of student achievement.


Information About PAR


EUSD PAR Brochure

EUSD PAR Consulting Teacher Job Description

EUSD PAR Consulting Teacher Job Application

EUSD PAR Voluntary Teacher Application