Peer Assistance & Review (PAR)

  • The Columbus City Schools are continuously striving to provide the highest possible quality of education. For students to succeed in learning, teachers must succeed in teaching. The PAR Program has been designed to improve the quality of instruction by assuring that all teachers experience professional success.

    Since 1985, the program has been a continuous joint effort between the Columbus Education Association (CEA) and administration, with the goal of providing assistance and support to teachers entering the profession (intern) and to improve the performance of experienced teachers who are encountering some difficulties (intervention).

     PAR Mission

    Each student is highly-educated, prepared for leadership and service, and empowered for success as a citizen in a global community.

     PAR Vision

    We shape the future-one teacher at a time.

     PAR Smarter Goal

    The Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) program will increase the professional growth of teachers in the district through specific instructional mentoring, support, professional development, and rigorous evaluations of teaching performance as measured by the evaluation system and licensure requirements. The PAR program will explore new opportunities to engage teachers in individualized growth and to support communities of reflective practice resulting in increased retention rates at the end of the school year.

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  • (614) 365-5110 Phone

    (614) 365-5114 Fax


  • "What was most helpful about PAR?'"

    2021-22 New CCS Educators 


    “The consistent encouragement, support, and feedback has enabled me to grow as an educator.”



    “I thought my PAR was super insightful and was always there when I had questions.”



    “Having an experienced teacher be able to watch me teach and give me advice and feedback. It was very helpful being able to talk to someone who knows what it is like to be in a classroom, specifically a CCS classroom.



    “The most helpful thing about PAR was being able to ask questions and get strong feedback.”



    “Having a designated mentor to contact for advice about supporting specific student goals.



    “My PAR mentor was amazing. She was very approachable and helpful all year long. I really appreciated being able to work with her.