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Document Number: 10041

Watching Teachers Work: Using Observation Tools to Promote Effective Teaching in the Early Years and Early Grades - This report presents an argument for improving early education through third grade by watching teachers in action using innovative observation tools in combination with evaluation and training programs. With many states currently redesigning their teacher-evaluation systems, the authors offer 17 recommendations to policymakers at all levels of government, as well as to educators and teacher-preparation programs. Among them: Use valid and reliable observation tools to identify, promote and reward good teaching; harness the power of these tools to integrate professional development with formal evaluation; and use observation-based assessments to promote PreK-3rd reforms, providing teachers with a common language for describing good teaching across pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and elementary schools. (New America Foundation, Nov 2011) ...

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