Teacher Feedback

Learning from Our Efforts: Improving Teacher Effectiveness at Scale

June 6, 2016 | Effective Teaching

By Irvin Scott In the summer of 2008, during a basketball game with a group of guys half my age, I ended up tearing my Achilles tendon. I had surgery to have the tendon repaired, and was back again playing basketball three summers later, only to suffer the same exact…

Straight from the Students: What Makes a Great Teacher

May 3, 2016 | Teacher Engagement

Students share what they appreciate about their teachers.

The Perfect Match: What Happens When Teachers Join Forces to Up Their Skills

April 5, 2016 | Professional Development

By Steve Cantrell Every teacher has strengths and weaknesses—so what happens when teachers who are weak in some areas pair with teachers who are strong in those areas to share their skills? Findings from an initiative developed by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) suggest that when teachers work together,…

New Guidance to Ensure that Every Teacher Grows—and Every Student Succeeds

March 25, 2016 | Teacher Observation

By Lynn Olson To realize their full potential, students need access to excellent teachers. And excellent teachers need meaningful feedback to help them grow in their practice. In this way, giving teachers feedback and support ultimately benefits students and drives student success. States and districts across the country have worked…

Best Foot Forward: Video Success in Classroom Observations

October 6, 2015 | Teacher Observation

Allowing teachers to submit videos in lieu of in-person classroom observations improved the experience for both teachers and administrators, a recent report from the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University found. When teachers are invited to put their best foot forward by recording their own lessons, teachers perceive…

Evaluation: Empowering Effective Teachers

August 12, 2015 | Effective Teaching

Ever since the Empowering Effective Teachers initiative began in Hillsborough County, Florida, Robert Kriete’s professional learning community has taken a more targeted, and more productive, approach to improving practice. Kriete, an 8th grade English teacher at Eisenhower Middle School outside Tampa, began to discuss with his PLC each week specific…