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Connecting Teacher Action with Student Outcomes

January 31, 2017

“Growth” has been one of the more elusive words in educational jargon over the past few years.  Its use triggers reactions from so many due to ill-fated or, better put, poorly constructed attempts to connect it to educator evaluation. Anyone who has read or spoken with me in-depth knows that I do consider student outcomes […]

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A Message to Disconnect in Order to Connect

December 3, 2016

I left for the Learning Forward Conference in Vancouver yesterday and, since I left, I have received two messages – loud and clear – that I need to “disconnect” a little. Now that word means many different things to different people and in different situations. My meaning for it is pretty simple in this context […]

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Two CT Districts Heading to Vancouver

November 30, 2016

West Hartford and Canton Public Schools… will be presenting along with ReVision Learning Partnership next week at the Learning Forward Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Learning Forward Conference, entitled Connecting Landscapes for Learning, has been designed this year to examine the impact of professional learning and quality feedback on teacher practice and student outcomes […]

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CT Court Decision Can Help Reshape Educator Practice

September 9, 2016

A Sense of Hope for CT Education Listening to today’s news on the car ride to school with my son, a sense of tremendous optimism for CT education came upon me. In a decision that could fundamentally reshape public education in Connecticut, the state was ordered on Wednesday to make changes in everything from how […]

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Gratitude For Five Years-Here’s to Five More

July 1, 2016

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~ William Arthur Ward This past month, ReVision Learning Partnership celebrated its Five Year Anniversary. I wanted to take a moment to stop and reflect upon the importance of those around me who have helped keep its […]

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Making Video-Based Calibration Matter

June 2, 2016

At ReVision Learning Partnership we want to ensure evaluator capacity focuses on high quality feedback. Teachers deserve to trust their observations. School administrators need to know evaluators can deliver feedback focused on student achievement. Taxpayers should demand an effective teacher for their children. For the last half decade schools have “ensured” evaluators calibrate against some video. […]

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Personalized Learning for All

May 28, 2016

As teachers we have all been there. Stuffed into a dimly lit room with a speaker droning on while bullet point after bullet point in a useless PowerPoint flies by. Educators often have no escape from mandated professional development. They get rewarded not with learning but a certificate of showing up. A badge of being […]

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Claim, Connect, Action: Making Teacher Feedback Effective

May 23, 2016

Doing it right means so much more than getting it right. A lesson we have learned working with evaluators across the country, especially with teacher evaluations. At ReVision Learning we know the challenges of observing teachers, collecting evidence, and analyzing our notes against attributes and frameworks. We realize then taking all of this information and […]

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Accuracy will Never be Enough in Educator Evaluation

May 6, 2016

What answer do you think you will get when you ask the average teacher which they would prefer: Have an evaluator observe and tell them what they did during the lesson? OR Have an evaluator help them understand how what they did during the lesson represented strengths in helping students learn, and to point out […]

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Making Sense of Educator Evaluation

April 21, 2016

As an educational community, it is time to reconsider our current approach to educator evaluation. Changes made over the past five years have turned performance review into a series of events strung together to monitor either teacher or leader performance within a school.  This narrow definition has been promoted by well-meaning policy makers and reinforced […]

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Feedback on Teacher Performance is Not an Event

March 2, 2016

It took twenty years of dialogue and professional learning to begin to break down the walls in educational leadership practice that distinguished a principal’s role as an instructional leader versus a manger of budget and buses. The new question in educational leadership is; “What is the distinction between the role of a principal as a […]

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Student Self-Assessment: Building Growth Minded Learners

February 29, 2016

Guest Author: Amy Tepper Amy is a Senior Contributing Consultant with ReVision Learning Partnership I recently reread the Voices of ReVision post Patrick wrote in January for the new year about goals. Did everyone catch that one? He’s a runner, and though I was Captain of the Cross Country team in high school and can […]

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Our capacity as adults to collaboratively & collectively face the challenges of the 2020-2021 school year with empathy, patience, fortitude, & determination will be the greatest possible lesson we will teach our children. This is more important than any content we ever believed essential. Remain TOGETHER and we will all continue learning! We are here to support all of you as you embark on your new year.