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Administrative Walkthroughs

Eric Sheninger Principal at New Milford High School

I am planning on working with my administrative team to develop an effective walkthrough procedure in order to further assist my teachers with their instruction and professional growth. This being said, can anyone share with me specific resources you have come across or templates that you utilize to provide teachers feedback?

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Coaching Walkthroughs

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For an administrator to be successful in reaching teachers, he must decide on school-wide goals, grade-level goals, and personal goals for each educator he visits. Each visit should have a checklist with the identified goals, so that walking into a classroom means the same thing to the teacher as it does to the administrator.

In my Reading Specialist credential, I was introduced to a set of checklists that really changed the way I looked not only at my own teaching, but at how to evaluate other educators. One of my professors brought much attention to the fact that even though walkthroughs are popular, there is no research that shows improved student achievement. He stated, " The Upper Elementary Walk-Through document notes that there is no research evidence linking walk-throughs with student achievement; however, they are becoming increasingly popular with administrators and reading coaches. If walk-through procedures are not followed appropriately, clearly, and consistently, they may produce hostility and distrust among teachers and there is a danger of collecting superficial data."

As I searched the web for more info on positive effects of walkthroughs, I found this article on a study done at a Houston high school. I am familiar with this high school, since my parents almost sent me to this school before we moved to another suburb of Houston. One main reason I believe this study showed successful walkthrough procedures is because the Spring Branch School District has high standards for it's employees, students and parents. When administrators treat educators and students with respect, walkthroughs bring collaboration and cooperation into working relationships.

If you would like me to forward my coaching & reading observation forms, please feel free to email me: cristinatuckness@gmail.com

Middle School teacher by day, Tweenteacher by night

Teacher Input

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You also may want to consider allowing departments to provide a draft of some standards that they agree should be in the rooms. That way you also have some buy-in because the teachers have been brought into the process. Also, it won't be such a mystery. It's like showing a student the rubric first, allowing the student to rewrite it, then include a spot for input about what they believe is important to see.

-Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Assistant Superintendent for Learning, Burlington Public Schools (MA)

We are using the Look to Learn Model

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Here is a link to a blog post I did recently on this model. We will be having teachers joining our walks after February vacation.

http://burlingtonhigh.blogspot.com/2010/01/using-learning-walks-as-tool-...

Principal at Walker Middle School

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A few years ago I became a State trainer for the Classroom Walkthrough Model endoresed by Teachscape. This is a very comprehensive form. Training is a two-day affair. One nice aspect to the Teachscape product is if the observations are entered on-line then reports can be generated which offer great fodder for PLC discussions.

Teachscape has the capacity to record CWT on a handheld device. Previous to Teachscape I used a product called The Adminsitrative Observer and that also could be used on a handheld device. One thing I really like about the Administrative Observer was that the "look fors" could be customized and could be used not only for teachers but staff, paraprofessionals, cafeteria workers and custodians.

Principal at New Milford High School

Joe: Do you have links to

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Joe:

Do you have links to information on the products you spoke about?

Principal at Walker Middle School

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The Adminsitrative Observer, which is customizable (is that a word) can be seen at http://www.pes-sports.com/pe06000.htm. I know it is advertised in Principal Leadership Magazine. I found it at a NASSP Convention.

The other program I use and train for is through Teachscape. The website for this product is at http://www.teachscape.com/html/ts/nps/classroom_walkthrough.html.

Hope this helps.

I suggest you google Carolyn

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I suggest you google Carolyn Downey and her "Three Minute Classroom Walk-Through..." It is very specific as to "look fors" and efficient. All of the administrators in my district have received this training.

Principal at New Milford High School

Computer porgrams?

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Can anyone recommend any computer applications that they either use or have heard of to collect and analyze walk-through data?

I have found communicating in

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I have found communicating in advance what the "look-fors" will be and the use of a locally developed form to work well with staff. Post data analysis try to provide peer observation (w/ no more than 2-3 people in a classroom at a time) focused on a pre-determined school or department "problem of practice."

Joe Kent, Principal Zion Central Middle School

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Hi Eric, the Look 2 Learn model we use allows each adminstrator to collect walk-through data with a PDA. I do 4 minute walkthroughs on a daily basis. After as many walks as you would like- You can download the data collected on your PDA into the Look 2 Learn program and it will provide you with all of your gathered data in a rather organized and focused presentation format. You can then hook up to an LCD projector and go over all collected data with your staff. It is a wonderful tool to use. I would imagine there are other models available, but the Look 2 Learn model I'm speaking of was developed by John Antonetti, Jim Garver, and Lori Garver. You can probably find more information on it if you looked into through Solution Tree (www.solution-tree.com)

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