Northwest Regional Comprehensive Center

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Providing Exemplary Feedback and Conducting Critical Conversations

Using teacher observations and professional conversations has been shown to be an effective way to improve teacher performance. To support our states’ efforts to help schools and districts implement this strategy, we have gathered resources that create the context (i.e., the big picture) for feedback sessions and offer concrete examples (i.e., practical application) of some different approaches described.

Framework for Effective Teaching: A Guidebook for Teachers and Administrators 2014–2015–Rubrics and examples of poor, mediocre, and exemplary feedback from Newark Public Schools

Fixing Classroom Observations: How Common Core Will Change the Way We Look at Teaching–Guidance on conducting observations that align with Common Core and other state standards

Teacher Evaluation: What’s Fair? What’s Effective?–Basic characteristics of an effective observation system, by Charlotte Danielson

Guidelines for Observing Teacher Practice in Chicago–Examples of putting feedback into practice

Profiles of Teacher Professional Performance Ratings–Differences between what’s observed and how it’s recorded

Other Examples of Observation Rubrics– Frameworks and sample rubrics commonly used in the Northwest, including resources from Montana, Washington, and Oregon

Principal Walk-Throughs: A Tool for Alaska Instructional Leaders (2010)