Featured Articles on Supervision and Professional Mentoring

Julie Cohen and Dan Goldhaber’s 2016 article in Educational Researcher on “Building a More Complete Understanding of Teacher Evaluation Using Classroom Observations”.

Click here to read this pdf in a new window.

Chapter 2 of Robert J. Marzano, Tony Frontier and David Livingston’s A Brief History of Supervision and Evaluation

Click here to read this pdf in a new window.

Educational Leadership presents Charlotte Danielson’s analysis of classroom observations and teacher evaluations.

Presented by Dr. Ginger Blackmon of University of Alaska – Anchorage’s Educational Leadership program, this list of 5 observation techniques and their application is intended to assist administrators diversify their classroom observations.

Presented by Dr. Ginger Blackmon of University of Alaska – Anchorage’s Educational Leadership program, this quick toolkit provides a variety of classroom observation techniques and their practical application.

How Can We Support The Emotional Well-Being Of Teachers?

TED Reading List for further exploration

When PTSD Is Contageous
Addressing the Epidemic of Trauma in Schools

Featured Summer Read

Design Thinking for School Leaders: Five Roles and Mindsets That Ignite Positive Change

By: Alyssa Gallagher and Kami Thordarson

Design Thinking for School Leaders explores the changing landscape of leadership and offers practical ways to reframe the role of school leader using Design Thinking, one step at a time. Leaders can shift from “accidental designers” to “design-inspired leaders,” acting with greater intention and achieving greater impact. You’ll learn how viewing the world through a more empathetic lens—a critical first step on the path to becoming a design-inspired leader—can raise your awareness of the uniqueness of your teachers and students and prompt you to question the ways in which they experience your school.

Gallagher and Thordarson detail five specific roles to help you identify opportunities for positively impacting students, teachers, districts, parents, and the community:

  • Opportunity Seeker. Shifts from problem solving to problem finding.
  • Experience Architect. Designs and curates learning experiences.
  • Rule Breaker. Challenges the way things are “always” done.
  • Producer. Gets things done and creates rapid learning cycles for teams.
  • Storyteller. Captures the hearts and minds of a community.

Full of examples of Design Thinking in action in schools across the country, Design Thinking for School Leaders can help you guide your school to the forefront of the new design + education movement, one that will move traditional education into the modern world and drive the future of learning” (ASCD, 2021). 

The Practical Application of Classroom Observation

The ELEOT 2.0 is a student-centered classroom observation tool popularized by AdvancEd / Cognia and is a fantastic resource for a variety of classroom observations.

Learn more about using the ELEOT 2.0 in classroom settings and for evaluation by clicking the link above.

Learn more about the Marzano Teacher Evaluation System at the link above.

Access the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Rubric by clicking the link above.

Access the Marzano School Leader Evaluation Rubric by clicking the link above.

Diversify Our Network's Knowledge

Do you have a resource that has rocked your school's world? Suggest it to us on GoodReads or submit it below to be added to the lists above!