Are Teacher Evaluations and a Growth Mindset Mutually Exclusive?
During a webinar we hosted about cultivating a growth mindset for teachers and staff, one attendee asked a fantastic question: Wouldn’t the process of giving feedback, which is, really, criticizing through performance evaluation processes, conflict with the promotion of a growth mindset? Given what is known about the negative effects of performance evaluation, could it be claimed that these hierarchical and outdated management practices may in fact promote a fixed mindset in adults?
Seven Deadly Sins in Professional Learning
If engaging, collaborative, relevant-to-classroom-needs learning opportunities represent the best of what professional learning can do for teacher growth, there’s also a flip side. Everyone decries those stay-for-two-hours-after-school-and-sit-in-a-large-room-and-passively-listen workshops.Continue Reading
Human Capital Management
Alohomora: Unlocking Success for Teachers (and Students)
Unfortunately, there is no magic spell to guarantee a school’s success. Even in J.K. Rowling’s fictional world, Hogwarts experienced a plethora of challenges.
New Data Suggests Teacher Evaluations are Getting More Accurate
Recent decades saw state and local leaders, with the support of federal incentives, devoting great time, energy and hope to reformed educator evaluations. But as the reforms were implemented, it became clear that their success rested in large part on trust in their ability to assist educator improvement — and that few educators felt that trust.Continue Reading
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Change You Can Count On: Change Management in K-12
Education is constantly changing, giving us new opportunities to discover, create and adapt. That goes for all of us: the teachers referring to real world situations and current events to deepen student learning, the Curriculum & Instruction specialists seeking ways to further uphold and implement best practices in evaluations and professional learning, and the administrators who must prepare for and comply with new regulations and expectations.Continue Reading
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Human Capital Management
3 Human Capital Management Questions, Answered
You instinctively know that strategic human capital management – i.e. attracting, engaging, supporting and retaining great staff – leads to better student outcomes. But sometimes the weight of day-to-day tasks makes progress seem impossible – where do you even start?Continue Reading
From Staff Development to Professional Development to Professional Learning
My daughters are attending new schools this year, so I’ve been a nervous dad the past few weeks. How will they do? Will they make friends quickly? Will they learn and grow like we hope?Continue Reading
Instant Poll: What Professional Development Did You Take Over the Summer?
Remember that cursive writing paper you used to use in elementary school? Slightly gray or yellowed paper, with red and blue lines on it — each row solid at the top and bottom, dashed in the middle?Continue Reading
4 Simple Ways to Boost Educator Growth Every Day
With the start of a new school year almost upon us (or already here, depending on where you are), educators everywhere are gearing up — making preparations for students, polishing up lesson plans, training new hires and laying plans for the year.Continue Reading
6 Ingredients for Staff (and Student) Ownership in Education
Here’s something obvious but important: there’s a real difference between simply showing up and truly buying into the mission and vision of your organization. It’s true in business, and it’s true in schools. And in schools, cultivating employee ownership for that mission has an equally important partner: ensuring students are invested in their education.Continue Reading
Focus Groups: Your Secret Weapon for Enhancing Professional Development Program Evaluation
Focus groups (FGs) -- essentially interactive, conversational group interviews -- are an underappreciated data collection strategy. When used well, they can provide rich, nuanced and actionable data for your professional development program evaluation. They are fairly easy to add to your repertoire and don’t require extensive planning or resources to carry out. They are often used in other contexts (e.g., market research, usability research) and are flexible enough to be used for different purposes (e.g., to inform the design of a product or service, to collect feedback about a website, to test potential survey questions or dig deeper into survey responses). FGs are best used along with other data collection strategies, such as surveys or interviews.Continue Reading