Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation; the Flat World and Education

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Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation; the Flat World and Education


Manthey, George, Leadership


Author and consultant Kim Marshall shares how his practice of teacher supervision evolved during his years as principal of Mather School in Massachusetts. Noting that current supervision practices tend to reinforce isolation and are rarely "vehicles for getting teachers to talk about curriculum or pedagogy," Marshall got his teachers to accept and appreciate a process of what he calls "mini-observations," an essential part of a change in the culture at Mather. The book includes descriptions of instructional practices that are important in closing the achievement gap and rubrics that describe work that is expert, proficient, needs improvement, or does not meet standards for both teachers and principals.

"Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation" (2009), by Kim Marshall. Published by Jossey-Bass.

In her newest book, Linda Darling-Hammond picks up on Tom Friedman s "The World is Flat" theme to point out that "globalization is changing everything about how we work, how we communicate, and ultimately, how we live." Observing that in the United States we are slow to give up our factory model of education, Darling-Hammond shares the ways other nations are transforming their school systems to meet this new demand. …

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