October 2012 Archives

Last post I asserted that the more schools focus on coaching teachers rather than evaluating them, the more student learning improves. And now some great news to back up this assertion: Two urban schools, Esperanza Academy and Freire Charter, where I've coached math teachers are among the top 12 performing high schools in Pennsylvania (out of 682) based on 2012 student achievement growth in mathematics. (I've also coached English teachers at Esperanza, and their growth in reading ranks 46th out of 682.) Both schools have strong leaders and dedicated staffs who were doing great work before I started supporting them. ...


"A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment." -John Wooden In my experience, the more schools focus on evaluating teachers, the more student learning suffers. By contrast, the more schools focus on coaching teachers, the more student learning improves. Harry and Rosemary Wong write about the power of teacher coaching to improve student learning, and I'm honored that their latest column is about me. The article includes stories of two struggling teachers--a downtrodden rookie and a stale veteran--who not only turned things around in their classrooms but later helped other teachers succeed. And it's not just struggling ...


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