Instructional Leadership in Action

Developing a Replicable Feedback Process at 2014 Institute

by UWCEL on Jul 8, 2014

summer-leadership-institute-2014What are the foundations for effective observation and feedback? How do you develop your own practice for feedback? Educators from 11 states explored these questions through two intense days of learning at the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership's 2014 Summer Leadership Institute, "Feedback for Teacher Growth: Tools and Processes to Support Teacher Evaluation."

More than 125 principals, central office leaders, teachers and educators traveled to Seattle to learn research-based practices that they can put into action immediately.

Some of the key take-aways included:

  • Effective feedback is timely, descriptive, positive and differentiated.
  • Teachers should focus on about 10% of their practice for improvement. Otherwise they risk entering "overload mode."
  • Feedback should take a strengths-based stance (what teachers can do and are on the verge of doing) aimed at helping and supporting teachers rather than just evaluating.
  • Adopting a formative feedback cycle clarifies the purpose and goals for principal/teacher meetings.

Learn more about CEL's Feedback Institute


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Topics: Teacher Evaluation

About the author: UWCEL

At the Center for Educational Leadership we partner with courageous leaders in classrooms, schools and the systems that support them to eliminate educational inequities by creating cultures of rigorous teaching, learning and leading. Our vision is transformed schools empowering all students regardless of background to create limitless futures for themselves, their families, their communities, and the world.

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