Key Elements of Observing Practice

Key Elements of Observing Practice A Data Wise DVD and Facilitator’s Guide

Kathryn Parker Boudett, Elizabeth A. City, and Marcia K. Russell
DVD and Facilitator's Guide, 96 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-729-3
Price: $129.95

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Based on Data Wise and Data Wise in Action, Key Elements of Observing Practice offers insight into one of the most challenging steps in capturing data about school performance: observing and analyzing instructional practice.


Praise

This DVD can help any educator learn to use classroom observation as well as data to improve student achievement. It engages teachers in a powerful way to work reflectively and collaboratively, and shows educators how to turn theory into practice. — Peter Gorman, superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, North Carolina

Key Elements of Observing Practice is an elegant set of tools that demystifies the process of powerful collaboration focused on improving instruction and student achievement. It is profoundly respectful of teachers. The resources provided can help schools develop the habits they need to tackle the most knotty problems facing schools today. — Alan Dichter, coauthor of The Power of Protocols and director of leadership development, Portland Public Schools, Portland, Oregon

This DVD puts the Data Wise process in context. It’s one thing to read about school improvement but to see it in action is so empowering. We could see ourselves doing that work, having those conversations. The videos and discussions served as a springboard to taking our work to the next level. Thirty-eight minutes saved us years! — Kalia Reynolds, principal, West Park Place Elementary, Newark, Delaware

The teachers in these videos share their experiences and insights related to observing one another's practice with honesty and thoughtfulness. Their stories resonated with our teachers and made the concept of observing classroom practice tangible, practical, and meaningful. — Maryanne Stalnaker, literacy specialist, Portland Public Schools, Portland, Oregon

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About the Authors

Kathryn Parker Boudett is director of the Data Wise Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Elizabeth A. City is executive director of the Doctor of Education Leadership Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Marcia K. Russell is a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


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