Field Trip: Collaboration Walks

Gresham-Barlow School District in Oregon has a fresh perspective on learning walks. Looking for a way to offer professional learning opportunities that promote teacher voice and teacher agency and that lead to growth in instructional practice, they began something they call “Collaboration Walks,” where teachers collectively decide on focus areas before observing a lesson.

In this interview, we speak with instructional coach Sarah Hayden, about:

  • How collaboration walks differ from traditional learning walks
  • The “real work” that happens during the conversation after the observation
  • How they fit in with Gresham-Barlow’s evaluation process
  • What makes them effective, how they’ve been received by teachers and the results they’ve seen across the district