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Looking for Learning - an evidence-rich, low stakes approach to class observation

Posted by Class Measures on Jan 12, 2024 4:11:22 PM

Watch presenter Amber Leage demonstrate how to learn and practice a new approach to observation with a focus on students - those that learn best and those that could be learning better.

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Topics: Video

Deepening Our Leadership Feedback – Effective Learning Observations with an English Language Lens

Posted by Class Measures on Jan 12, 2024 3:55:51 PM

Watch as our Class Measures School Improvement Specialist delivers a recorded interactive Professional Development session designed to help you:

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Topics: Video

Plan for school improvement - impact through proven approaches

Posted by Class Measures on Jan 12, 2024 3:46:11 PM

Increase the capacity of your organization to deliver school improvement and equity in your school. Our proven school improvement strategies harness the potential of leaders, managers, and all instructional staff to deliver sustainable school improvement success.

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Topics: School Improvement

Challenges Faced by Grow Your Own Teacher Programs: Overcoming Obstacles for a Brighter Future

Posted by Class Measures on Jan 12, 2024 3:44:17 PM

Discover the challenges faced by Grow Your Own Teacher programs and learn how to overcome obstacles for a brighter future in education.

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Topics: North America, Grow Your Own Teacher Program

Leading with a Purpose: Ensuring Academic Equity and Success

Posted by Class Measures on Oct 6, 2023 3:08:25 PM

Our 50 minute session presented by Dr Antonio Williams is designed to provide a practical framework and school improvement strategies to support leaders who are leading turnaround or transformational school efforts.

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Topics: North America, Video

Massachusetts teachers seek an alternative, faster route to Initial Licensure as emergency ‘grace period’ comes to an end

Posted by Class Measures on Oct 19, 2021 3:26:01 PM

Holding an Initial License as a teacher in Massachusetts opens up your career prospects significantly, and is mandated after five years teaching on a Provisional License. Yet updating your license during the pandemic, like most aspects of teaching and learning, has been a challenge. It’s why the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE) issued an emergency licensure order when teachers could not attend classes to earn the credits and fulfill the criteria they needed to advance. Having been extended once, from June 2021 to June 2022, the ‘grace period’ is now coming to an end, to ensure all teachers are appropriately licensed going forward.

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Topics: Blog, PRPIL

Supporting all students in their transition to a post-COVID learning context: the role of quality school reviews in developing meaningful intervention plans and effective inclusion strategies.

Posted by Class Measures on Mar 19, 2021 12:08:39 PM

As more schools begin to transition from online and hybrid models to traditional in-person instruction, it is essential to understand the impact that months of online learning may have had on student learning and to plan effectively for equitable allocation of resources for the future.

Approximately $20 billion has been allocated in the American Rescue Plan to help schools and districts measure the impact of COVID-19 on learning. According to recent research by the Center for Reinventing Public Education, few of the 100 districts surveyed by the Center have provided details on how they will measure learning and provide supports to enhance student learning. According to the Center’s research, districts have focused on “learning model changes and health and safety standards over expectations for student learning.”

In a typical school year, student academic proficiency and growth are measured in the spring with the administration of standardized tests as part of the state’s education accountability system. This year, while standardized tests cannot be cancelled, they can be delayed or modified, which will likely defer the ability of schools and districts to use assessment data to measure learning and impedes the capacity of schools to achieve sustainable improvement. It is therefore very encouraging to see David Osborne, of the Progressive Policy Institute and author of Reinventing America’s Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System, championing the role of school quality review processes as a complement to standardized testing in his recent article, Test Scores Give Only a Partial Picture of How a School Is Doing. School Quality Reviews Can Help Fill the Gap.

School quality reviews (SQRs) provide an reliable mechanism for measuring how well students are learning and, as David Osborne noted, should be used to establish the quality of family involvement, student motivation and engagement, the need for social emotional and academic support programs for at risk students, and much more as factors that promote learning. The challenge to school districts will be to fully understand the impact of the learning context throughout the COVID pandemic and, at the same time, develop a foundation for urgent and sustainable support that ensures equity for all. The school quality review process is an approach to gaining a clear understanding of each unique context in order to build a roadmap of actionable, equitable and inclusive strategies to ensure that diverse needs are responded to effectively.

Over the past 20 years, Class Measures has provided quality review processes as a keystone to root cause analysis and sustainable improvement. We have been engaged by numerous state departments of education, schools, and school districts around the world and across the US to assess the quality of teaching and learning and support improvement planning and implementation. Since March 2020, our process have been effectively run in a remote context. An interview with Class Measures’ Vice President, Jo Cheadle, explains how reviews during this period have been adapted not only to continue to deliver value and impact, but also to expand on the benefits of the more traditional in-person reviews.

Many school districts engage in the SQR process to better understand school performance and develop case studies of best practice, increasing their capacity to improve. The process should simultaneously increase the capability of their school leaders when it comes to adapting action plans and improvement strategies. A case in point is St Cloud Area School District that looked to quality school reviews to tackle their priority and focus schools. The deployed evidence-based methodology identified and prioritized any programming and instructional gaps that needed to be addressed to improve school performance. The Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent found it an invaluable exercise and subsequently agreed to roll out the Class Measures quality school review approach for all Title 1 schools in the district to further develop and share best practice.

As schools and school districts develop their improvement plans for school year 2020-2022, the case is certainly gathering momentum to consider the role of school quality reviews as an invaluable part of the planning process.

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Topics: School Improvement, School review

How remote school reviews can still deliver value and impact in times of remote learning

Posted by Class Measures on Mar 3, 2021 2:46:25 PM

In conversation with Jo Cheadle: How remote school reviews can still deliver value and impact in times of remote learning.

We speak with Jo Cheadle, Vice President of Class Measures, as she shares her views and experiences of remote school reviewing. Jo reveals the new skills reviewers need to adopt, the benefits that schools can realise, how to avoid the pitfalls, how to assess the quality of learning taking place via remote review, and the importance of maintaining authenticity in order to conduct reviews that deliver impact.

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Topics: School Improvement, School review

Leveraging Instructional Coaching to support individualized staff growth plans, and impact instructional outcomes

Posted by Class Measures on Jan 19, 2021 3:19:47 PM

How Clover Park School District addressed the needs of their schools and leaders to prioritize the development of teachers to meet the needs of every student.

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Topics: School Improvement, Coaching

Why is Effective Learning Observation revolutionizing how schools assess and improve the quality of learning?

Posted by Class Measures on Nov 9, 2020 12:44:33 PM

The most common observational methods used in schools tend to focus on teaching rather than learning and so often fall short of measuring the impact of the teachers’ hard work. This article discusses the discipline of Effective Learning Observation (ELO), which is expanding in popularity and usage across the US as school leaders seek better ways to measure the quality of learning in their schools, and to inform more impactful improvement strategies.

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Topics: Blog, School Improvement