Working with Instructional Rounds

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Over the summer, we established peer groups among our staff that would support each other in between observation periods. In the hub-bub of getting curriculum set with our new internship schedule, and by putting together a program that is geared towards helping students pass the Regents exams, and begin adaptation of the modules from the… Read more »

And the Fretting Begins…Making Summer PD Last All Year

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We have concluded almost five weeks of professional development which included a year-long staff development plan that builds on the foundation of adult learning from the summer. As mentioned in my earlier blogs, we took a very systematic approach to building our plan for staff: begin with the analysis of data using the TERC framework,… Read more »

Beginning Year Two at New Dawn

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We just completed our first week of training at New Dawn Charter High School. With our new staff expansion, the issue of staff differentiation has surfaced in the development of our Professional Development plan. New Dawn is fortunate to be a part of the Partnership for Innovation in Compensation for Charter Schools (PICCS), a Teacher… Read more »

Evaluation: Another “Paradigm Shift” in K-12 Education

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We are currently experiencing a radical change in the system of human capital management in K-12 schools, particularly in teacher and principal evaluation. Using multiple measures that include student outcomes and several observations of practice to rank teachers and principals represents a significant departure from traditional methods of teacher and principal evaluation. In addition, the… Read more »