Arinui is a school-wide appraisal tool that is based in New Zealand. It allows your teachers to critically reflect on their teaching practice in a safe, secure online place. Once compiled, evidence can be seamlessly shared with an appraiser.
The structured nature of Arinui saves teachers from worrying about how to put together their evidence, so they can focus on reflecting on their teaching and making a real difference to their students' learning.
We strongly believe that good appraisal is based on a robust inquiry process led by the person being appraised evaluating their impact. It should not be driven by compliance but instead is the result of continuous, collaborative evaluation and inquiry. Appraisal should be something educators do, rather than something that is done to them.
Evaluation Associates have run nation-wide workshops over the last few years for the Teachers Council (now Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand). At these workshops, leaders and teachers have voiced their frustrations about current appraisal systems. Too often they are more compliance focused than improvement focused. In order to attempt to comply, teachers gather piles of evidence to try and meet the criteria, all while unsure if it is enough. It often becomes an 'add-on' task that doesn't help improve students' learning. At times it becomes a game that has to be played which adds to the stress of the job and detracts from enjoyment in the profession. There had to be a better way.
That better way is Arinui - supporting teachers to improve not just prove.