Coaches–help for your Music Teachers

Many instructional leaders and coaches I know become withdrawn when it comes to observing and providing helpful feedback to teachers of subject areas in which they have little to no experience.  Coaching Music teachers is one such area–if you were not a musician or previously a Music teacher. Coaches–enter those classrooms and find good things […]

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Providing Feedback Respectfully and With Specificity

Teachers ranked as “highly critical” the methods employed by coaches in providing feedback on teaching behaviors discerned during an observation-both effective and ineffective. Consistently, teachers in focus groups and on survey responses identified a need for pre- and post-observation conferences conferences in which specific teaching behaviors are identified, the rationale for their significance discussed and […]

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Compulsory HS Attendance until age 18!

“So tonight, I am proposing that every state — every state — requires that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn 18.”  Words from President Obama’s State of the Union Speech on this past Tuesday evening, January 24, 2012. It is far past when we should have made this change to […]

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Some Myths in American Public Education

On Friday July 2, I attended the closing presentation at the Northwest Evaluation Association conference in Portland.  NWEA CEO Matt Chapman provided a compelling message about some remaining myths in American Public Education. We have attached his slides from the speech on the bottom of the front page of the website.  Please feel free […]

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