“It is heartening to read about a practical, specific and supportive school review process that begins with true collaboration! Bev Freedman and Raf Di Cecco offer a complete package for educators who crave how to collaboratively guide school improvement from the inside out.”
—Lyn Sharratt, Author, Putting FACES on the Data
Say goodbye to top-down evaluations and hello to collaboration and change!
How can you leverage the objectivity of outside evaluators and the knowledge of local educators who understand your school's particular situation to help you drive school improvement? The answer: collaborative schools reviews.
Beverly Freedman and Raf DiCecco show how to design and implement a rigorous and effective school evaluation process, conducted by personnel from within your district in collaboration with your school leadership team. Here you'll find user-friendly guidance for planning and managing every step of the review process, including: A research-based case for how collaborative school reviews transform teaching and learning; Guidance on ensuring that the review process aligns with the district's mission and goals as well as with the Common Core State Standards; Best practices and protocols for creating review teams and conducting onsite classroom observations; How-to's for effectively using data to gain a balanced view of school performance; A composite case study that brings the collaborative school review process to life
This breakthrough book shows how to bring school and district teams together to shape sustainable, positive change and strengthen student achievement.
Chapter 1: Setting the Stage
Setting the Stage
This chapter introduces our concept of collaborative school reviews as opportunities for transformational school- and district-based change, our strategic lens as a framework for shaping and organizing the process, and then our case study as a practical illustration to apply the process. We blend theory with practices known to be effective to improve teaching and learning in schools and classrooms with a goal of raising standards and narrowing achievement gaps.
Collaborative Schools Reviews
A Path for Improvement
What Is a School Review?
A school review is a methodical assessment of the connection between the processes and activities that the school and district believe ought to contribute to student achievement and the student achievement evidential data. Typically, the review is conducted by a team of ...