In response to Race to the Top, schools nationwide are rapidly overhauling their teacher evaluation processes. Often forced to develop and implement these programs without adequate extra-institutional support or relevant experience, already-taxed administrators need accessible and practical resources. Improving Teaching through Observation and Feedback brings cutting-edge research and years of practical experience directly to those who need them. In five concise chapters, Thomas Good and Alyson Lavigne briefly outline the history of RttT and then move quickly and authoritatively to a discussion of best practices. This book is a perfect resource for administrators reworking their processes for new evaluation guidelines.
"Alyson Lavigne and Tom Good have provided a tremendous service to educators who deal with the consequences of reform initiatives every day. This is a thoughtful, insightful, scholarly analysis of what we know and what we can do and the ways policy is aligned and misaligned with those realities. This is also a very important book for policy makers who are truly invested in strengthening the system of public education in the United States."
Robert Pianta, Dean, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
"Improving Teaching through Observation and Feedback is a must-read for practicing administrators, those preparing to become administrators, and professors of educational administration. The easy-to-read format coupled with well-illustrated practical examples is the perfect blend of theory, research, and practice."
Thomas A. Kersten, Associate Professor Emeritus in Educational Leadership, Roosevelt University
"This is a thoroughly researched and immensely practical book that will help school leaders understand and manage the expectations of today’s troublesome press toward teacher evaluation. I cannot imagine a more valuable resource on the subject at this time."
Mark A. Smylie, Professor Emeritus of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
Preface. Acknowledgements. Chapter 1: Being a Principal in an Era of High-Stakes Teacher Evaluation. Chapter 2: Race to the Top and Beyond: The Demand for More Classroom Observation. Chapter 3: What Do We Know about Good Teaching? Chapter 4: Research on Improving Teaching and Student Achievement: The Role of the Principal. Chapter 5: Considerations for Principals when Working with Teachers to Improve Practice. Appendices. Index.