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Bouffard, Suzanne – Learning Professional, 2020
Marcia Rock is one of the preeminent researchers on bug-in-ear coaching. In this method, an instructional coach watches a live video feed of a teacher's classroom and provides in-the-moment feedback via a wireless earpiece. The process, which is sometimes compared to a football coach communicating with a quarterback, is become increasingly…
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Coaching (Performance), Distance Education, Videoconferencing
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Boerst, Timothy; Shaughnessy, Meghan; Tenney-Muirhead, Meri – Learning Professional, 2020
School-based mentors are essential partners with teacher preparation programs in preparing novice teachers to have the knowledge, skills, and professional commitments they need to be strong teachers from day one. In many ways, the demands of mentoring, such as critical conversations with colleagues and reflecting, mirror the kinds of engagement…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Faculty Development, Classroom Observation Techniques, Feedback (Response)
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Martin, James G. – Learning Professional, 2020
In too many schools, the absence of schoolwide psychological safety compromises professional learning and the success of teachers and students. Psychological safety--a state in which people feel free to be themselves--includes a willingness to speak freely and engage in productive conflict without fear of retribution. This article discusses…
Descriptors: Security (Psychology), Professional Development, Feedback (Response), Criticism
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Guskey, Thomas R. – Learning Professional, 2020
According to a recent research study, teachers attributed students' performance to their instruction only 15% of the time. Far more frequently, they connected results to student characteristics, particularly students' behavior, effort, or background. It's been long known that individual student characteristics, family background, and neighborhood…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Teacher Influence
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Fuentes, Sarah Quebec; Jimerson, Jo Beth – Learning Professional, 2019
At the heart of effective school leadership are robust instructional leadership practices. An emphasis on instructional leadership is neither new nor simple. The authors spent the last several years talking with teachers, school leaders, and content experts about how they engage in instructional leadership and the challenges with which they…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Teaching Methods, Teacher Distribution
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Flowers, Jody A. – Learning Professional, 2019
Professional athletes spend hours honing their skills through video analysis; attorneys video themselves practicing opening arguments or coaching clients; plumbers, mechanics, and electricians video their craft to demonstrate their work. It could be argued that teachers' interactions have more long-term impact than any other professional skill,…
Descriptors: Teacher Motivation, Video Technology, Classroom Observation Techniques, Coaching (Performance)
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Newman, Elizabeth; Baharav, Hadar – Learning Professional, 2018
In 2014, the close-knit education community in California's rural Humboldt county came together to address the potential to improve students' college readiness and completion. A diverse group of education leaders spanning K-12 through college formed the collaborative, with leadership from the Humboldt County Office of Education. The John W.…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, School Districts, College Readiness, Counties
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McQuillan, Niamh – Learning Professional, 2018
Niamh McQuillan, development and instructional coach at Windsor Mill Middle School in Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland, writes here that, as a teacher, she always liked new learning, but more often than not, it was like a barnacle on her practice. She attended professional development sessions and took the handout back to the to-do tray…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Middle School Teachers, Teamwork, Inquiry
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Rigelman, Nicole; Crane, Sarah; Petrick, Kellie; Shrier, Donna – Learning Professional, 2018
Teachers at Jackson Elementary School in Hillsboro, Oregon, embrace a growth mindset and continuously try best practices that better reach all students. They collaborate and bounce ideas off one another, and they observe one another and provide feedback. They will even ask another teacher to model lessons with their students so they learn how to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Best Practices
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Micheaux, Donna J.; Parvin, Jennifer L. – Learning Professional, 2018
Principal evaluation systems without explicit and aligned professional learning simply re-create a system of compliance and fail to improve leadership capacity. Given the complexity of the role of today's principals, they must learn a new set of skills and knowledge to create innovative learning environments. To use principal evaluation as a tool…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Evaluation, Leadership Qualities, Supervisors
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Gabriel, Rachael – Learning Professional, 2018
Classroom observations and the feedback they generate have great potential to support educator development, especially when compared with other components of teacher evaluation systems. Challenges to observation include: (1) The dual foci of teacher evaluation (accountability and development) cannot be addressed simultaneously; (2) Excellent…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Scoring Rubrics, Observation, Feedback (Response)
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Drago-Severson, Eleanor; Blum-Destefano, Jessica – Learning Professional, 2018
In this article, the authors highlight key elements of their new model for developing educators' capacities, as well as key takeaways about the potential of supporting adult development. Focusing on the five elements -- Theory, Culture, Pillar Practices, Feedback, and Sustainability -- of their developmental model for building capacity can foster…
Descriptors: Models, Capacity Building, Faculty Development, Sustainability
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Guskey, Thomas R. – Learning Professional, 2017
Educators often shy away from evaluating professional learning experiences because they believe the process requires knowledge and skills they don't possess. As a result, they either neglect evaluation procedures completely or leave them to "experts" who come in at the end and gather data to determine if anything made a difference. But…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Program Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Educational Quality
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Fink, Stephen; Markholt, Anneke – Learning Professional, 2017
In her 24 years as an educator, Principal Lori Duckstein has experienced many kinds of professional development aimed at improving leadership and instruction. And, like school leaders and teachers everywhere, she has completed many one- and two-day training workshops only to return to her school and reflect on her learning in isolation. Recently,…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Instructional Leadership, Leaders
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Archer, Jeff; Cantrell, Steve; Holtzman, Steven L.; Joe, Jilliam; Tocci, Cynthia M.; Wood, Jess – Learning Professional, 2017
Classroom observation has changed dramatically in recent years. Trivial checklists have given way to research-based rubrics that describe important aspects of teaching and, for each aspect, explain the difference between more and less effective practice. Instead of asking if the lesson objective was posted, these new instruments typically ask to…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Scoring Rubrics, Academic Achievement, Decision Making
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