ERIC Number: ED431752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Collaborative Observation. Putting Classroom Instruction at the Center of School Reform.
Peters, Karen H.; March, Judith K.
This book joins instructional design as the axis of school reform with collaborative observation as the proven method to sustain teacher growth and renewal. The acronym COMPASS (Collaborative Observation for Monitoring Practices to Achieve Sustained School reform) is used. The book details a four-part observation process, each component of which is substantiated in the annotated references at the end of each chapter. Chapter 1, "Collaborative Observation as the Catalyst for School Reform," provides an overview of the entire COMPASS model. Chapter 2, "Collecting Data: Prior to and During Classroom Observation," discusses the two data collection parts of the COMPASS model (preobservation conference prior to the classroom visit and in-class recording of events during the visits). Chapter 3, "Analyzing Data for the Postobservation Conference," focuses on the analysis of data collected during the preconference and in-class observation, discussing how to prepare for the postobservation conference. Chapter 4, "Developing the Collaborative Action Plan," addresses the collaborative action plan as the culmination of the postobservation conference. Chapter 5, "Clearing the Hurdles: Logistics and Challenges," examines the logistics necessary to implement the COMPASS model. Included are planning decisions and challenges derived from work with actual districts. There is particular emphasis on providing time and opportunity for staff involvement. (SM)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Faculty Development, Observation, Peer Evaluation, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teachers, Teaching Skills
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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