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Go From Ordinary to Extraordinary

April 11, 2018

A Post by Amy Tepper and Patrick Flynn “My powers are ordinary, only my application brings me success.” Sir Isaac Newton. In the last chapter of our new book Feedback to Feed Forward: 31 Strategies to Lead Learning, we highlight extraordinary practice of several districts and administrators. In that same chapter we provide six challenges […]

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Big Data and Educator Effectiveness and Accountability

October 18, 2017

This past week I had the privileged to travel to Tianjin China and present at a Forum hosted by Tianjin University of Technology. The forum provided an opportunity for experts from various fields to collaborate and share ideas on potential ways that Big Data analysis could influence the future of their particular field. Presenters focused […]

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A Message to PEAC:  TEVAL Should Promote Reflection*

April 26, 2017

*A follow up to my previous post – Connecting Teacher Action with Student Outcomes. This morning I attended a meeting of the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC).  PEAC, charged with leading Educator Evaluation in the state of CT, began conversations today on the weighting associated with the current components of educator evaluation. It has been long […]

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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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