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The Transparent Teacher
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A new paradigm for teachers to open their classrooms and cultivate deep professional learning Teaching is an isolating profession. Most educators receive minimal feedback on their craft, typically limited to one or two short visits from the administrator each year. While some schools do encourage their teachers to observe peers, the usual protocol is for new teachers to watch the veteran, exemplary educators, but those less experienced educators could benefit immensely from having peers observe them in action. Teacher-Driven Observation is unique in that it places the observed teacher as leader of the work, the one who identifies a personal area for development, engages her colleagues in the collection of classroom data, and utilizes the data collected to inform her ongoing instruction. Offers a new model for collecting data to inform and improve individual instruction Includes a step-by-step process for implementing Teacher-Driven Observations Contains a comprehensive case study that clearly demonstrates the value of the Teacher-Driven Observation model This book outlines and illustrates a step-by-step process for breaking down professional isolation and cultivating opportunities for meaningful learning through the Teacher-Driven Observation process.
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About the Authors v Acknowledgments vii Foreword xi Introduction 1 PART ONE PREPARING 1 Teacher-Driven Observation for Professional Learning 11 2 Preparing for Teacher-Driven Observation 25 PART TWO IMPLEMENTING 3 The Preobservation Meeting 41 4 The Observation 59 5 The Postobservation Debriefing 75 PART THREE SUSTAINING 6 Figuring Out the Logistics 93 7 For Principals: How to Implement and Sustain Teacher-Driven Observation 107 8 Teacher-Driven Observation in Action 125 Epilogue: Professional Learning Communities and Teacher-Driven Observation 143 Chapter Summaries and Study Questions 149 Notes 157 Index 159

About the Author

Trent E. Kaufman, Ed.D., is a principal at Education Direction, a firm focused on improving student outcomes through professional development, school transformation, and strategic planning for states, districts, and individual schools (www.EdDirection.com). Emily Dolci Grimm is a principal at Education Direction. She has helped hundreds of schools and districts improve student outcomes by implementing the principles found in The Transparent Teacher.

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