Dr. Robert MarzanoCausal Teacher Evaluation Model Michael Toth, CEO, Learning Sciences International Marzano Center for Teacher and Leadership Evaluation
Desired effect: Through accurate observations and actionable feedback, teachers move to the next level of the scale. Observer Growth Scale
Observer Rounds for Practicing and Deepening Purpose is to practice in order to: • Calibrate and deepen our understanding of the IRR training and scoring concepts • Discover and document areas of clarity and areas for additional understanding
Observer Rounds for Practicing and Deepening First, principals will have the opportunity to practice with other principals in host school buildings. Then, principals will replicate the process in their own buildings with APs.
Planning for Observer Rounds • Selecting a host building and volunteer teachers • Identify “volunteer” teachers • Communication: Make sure the teachers understand the process and feel valued for their participation • Have copies of the lesson plans • Identify teams of 5 observers • Identify a leader for each team
Planning for Observer Rounds Resources include: • Copies of the Marzano Domain 1 forms (electronic or printouts) • Lesson plans for classrooms being visited • Evidence collection and scoring worksheet for each lesson (ensure these remain confidential) • Team reflection log to be collected by the team leader and provided to the district contact
Observational Rounds Protocol • Teams of administrators (up to 5) visit “volunteer” teachers’ classrooms to gather evidence of dominant elements using the IRR training concepts • Target 20-30 mins per classroom in order to collect meaningful evidence for dominate elements • This is not a race • Everyone individually records dominate elements, teacher and student evidences, and using the Marzano scale, assigns each dominate element with a score
Observational Rounds Norms • Exit the classroom to a place to discuss the dominant elements each saw and the evidence for the score • Ensure the conversation is unheard outside of the group • Reserve personal judgments and focus on evidence and the scale • Maintain a respectful dialog
Observational Rounds Protocol Team leader’s role: • Primary role is to facilitate learning among the rounds team • Facilitate discussion after each classroom visit • Ensure everyone gets a turn and is heard but maintains the pace • Require all discussions focus on the Marzano scales and teacher and student evidences • Enforce the norms
Observational Rounds Norms: • Have a copy of the lesson plan and Marzano Domain 1 form • First identify DQ 2, 3 or 4 • What are the dominate elements you saw • Give everyone a voice but maintain the pace • Focus the discussion on teacher and student evidence to the Marzano forms for purposes of calibration and understanding
Observational Rounds Norms: • Discuss each dominate element until the team either reaches consensus on the score or agrees that they need more understanding/questions. Document the question(s) then move to the next dominate element to discuss. • After all the dominate elements have been discussed, team leader may open to a brief discussion on what else did you see.
Observational Rounds Norms: • Record which elements: • The team feels confident in their clarity and agreement • The team feels they need more understanding or have specific questions • Provide the team summary results/questions to the district contact
Observational Rounds Norms: • No feedback should be provided to the teacher unless it is specifically requested and then only the host building administrator or team leader should provide the feedback • Thank all the teachers for opening their classrooms. • Plan to extend the observational rounds process to your building APs.
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