Using Quality Feedback to Guide Professional Learning
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Using Quality Feedback to Guide Professional Learning
A Framework for Instructional Leaders

Pam Robbins



© 2016 | 256 pages | Corwin

Professional development just got more effective. 

To really help teachers grow and have a more positive impact on their students, transform your feedback! With this guide to quality feedback, you’ll get your message across clearly and successfully, and promote professional growth as never before—with lasting results.

Whether you work with novices, struggling teachers, or good teachers with potential for greatness, this book will help you give feedback that’s both heard and understood. Features include

  • Research-based coverage aligned with the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning
  • Structures for responding to teacher-created assessments,  live observations, and  videotaped lessons
  • Advice that fits seamlessly into existing initiatives and support systems
  • Tools, artifacts, vignettes, and examples of quality feedback in practice

The benefits of quality feedback are powerful, including high levels of accountability, bridges to new learning, and continuous improvement. Put it to work with your team and see the results for yourself.

“I have read a lot of books about how to improve classroom instruction. This book ranks with the best of them. I encourage anyone who works to improve the quality of our schools to study this valuable resource.” 
David G. Daniels
Principal
Susquehanna Valley Senior High School
Conklin, New York

“This book is a must have for any professional development team and/or instructional leader. Its ideas will positively impact student learning by allowing teachers of all abilities to learn, grow, and improve their instructional practice . . .”
Michelle Kelly
Curriculum and Instructional Coach
Great Falls, Montana
 
List of Figures
 
Foreword by Pam Robbins
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1: Why Use Quality Feedback to Guide Professional Learning?
Our Journey Toward Quality Feedback  
Administrator’s Turn  
Coach’s Turn  
Measurable Results: Impact Data  
A Note About Culture  
Defining Quality Feedback  
Immediate Implementation of Quality Feedback  
From Words to Action  
 
Chapter 2: What Research Guides Our Beliefs About Professional Learning?
Beliefs About Professional Learning  
Teachers as Professionals: Honoring Teacher Voice by Tailoring Professional Learning  
Administrator’s Turn  
Coach’s Turn  
Learning as a Social Process  
Quality Feedback as a Tool for Reflection  
Providing Feedback in One-on-One Professional Learning Settings  
Coach’s Turn  
From Words to Action  
 
Chapter 3: How Can Quality Feedback Be Used to Guide Professional Learning?
Research and Related Studies on Quality Feedback  
Using Feedback to Grow Your Teachers Versus Weeding Them Out  
Administrator’s Turn  
Teacher’s Turn  
Coach’s Turn  
Additional Notes Regarding Our Experience With Providing Quality Feedback  
From Words to Action  
 
Chapter 4: How Can Quality Feedback Support the Novice Teacher?
Research and Rationale for Creating Strong Induction Programs  
Sample Professional Learning Opportunities to Provide Feedback to Novice Teachers  
Administrator’s Turn  
Coach’s Turn  
Teacher’s Turn  
From Words to Action  
 
Chapter 5: How Can Quality Feedback Guide the Good Teacher to Greatness?
Lessons from Good to Great  
Sample Professional Learning Opportunities That Empower Teachers  
Coach’s Turn  
Pushing the Envelope and Achieving Consistent Excellence  
Administrator’s Turn  
Teacher’s Turn  
From Words to Action  
 
Chapter 6: How Can Quality Feedback Support the Struggling Teacher?
Sample Professional Learning Opportunities to Support Struggling Teachers  
Administrator’s Turn  
Teacher’s Turn  
Coach’s Turn  
From Words to Action  
 
Chapter 7: How Can Instructional Leaders Provide Quality Feedback on Assessments?
Build an Assessment-Literate Culture  
Teacher’s Turn  
Sample Professional Learning Opportunities to Support Teachers  
Teacher’s Turn  
System of Assessment Validation  
Administrator’s Turn  
Coach’s Turn  
From Words to Action  
 
Chapter 8: How Can Instructional Leaders Provide Quality Feedback by Observing?
Making Observations a Priority  
Administrator’s Turn  
Observation Techniques  
Sample Professional Learning Opportunities to Support Teachers  
Coach’s Turn  
Teacher’s Turn  
From Words to Action  
 
Chapter 9: How Can Instructional Leaders Provide Quality Feedback Through the Use of Video?
How It All Began: A Little Bit of Context  
Rationale for Using Video  
Sample Professional Learning Opportunities to Support Teachers  
Teacher’s Turn  
Administrator’s Turn  
Coach’s Turn  
Expanding the Use of Video  
Teacher's Turn  
From Words to Action  
 
Epilogue
 
Appendix A. Characteristics of Quality Feedback (Figure 1.2)
 
Appendix B. Quality of Feedback: Supporting Administrator Feedback to Teachers Throughout the Year
 
Appendix C
C1. Tool 2 QPA Sorting Kindergarten  
C2. QPA Plan Sorting Kindergarten  
C3. QPA Sorting Assessment Kindergarten  
 
Appendix D
D1. Tool 2 Assessment Validation Newspaper Project English III  
D2. Newspaper Project English III Assessment With Feedback  
 
Appendix E
E1. Tool 2 Assessment Validation World Religions  
E2. World Religions Assessment With Feedback  
 
Recommended Readings
 
References
 
Index
Key features
  • Equips instructional leaders with the requisite knowledge and skills to provide effective feedback to teachers that facilitates teacher (and, ultimately, student) improvement.
  • Describes uses of transformational feedback with novice teachers, struggling teachers, and “good” teachers who can be guided toward greatness.
  • Provides three especially promising opportunities to give feedback: responding to teacher-created assessments, using observations to promote professional learning, and providing feedback through the use of videos. 
  • Includes tools, artifacts, case vignettes, and examples of clear and descriptive feedback that facilitate transfer and provide snapshots of transformational feedback in practice.
  • Aligned with the latest Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning.

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Preface

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