Collegial Conversations for Teacher Growth


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  • In table groups, ask participants to discuss the prompt. Solicit responses for each bullet point from the group. 4 minutes
  • Review the outcomes and objectives, reminding the participants that this is a review year for the Teacher Evaluation System. We are in a review year regarding a common systemic understanding of the evaluation system. Today’s session will focus on exploring the benefits of collegial conversations as they relate to professional growth and teacher evaluation. 1 minute
  • Ask participants to read the quote and have a brief discussion about the significance of this quote. 2 minutes
  • Focus this slide. The slide is set to automatically bring in the details. Discuss with the group that collegial conversations occur with two different sets of people. This slide focuses on evaluator and teacher collegial conversations that should be occurring in all observation models. The point of this slide is to emphasis that the teacher evaluation system is built on the concept of growth and it is only through discussions surrounding instruction and student achievement that teacher growth can occur. Ask table groups to describe what collegial conversations would look like, sound like, and feel like for the three models. Participants may share out.3 minutes.
  • Focus this slide. This slide is set to automatically bring in the details. Discuss that this slide represents the other set of people who engage in collegial conversations. The point of this slide is to emphasis that the evidence of effectiveness model and the collaboration model offer significant opportunities for teachers to collaborate with each other regarding instruction and student achievement. Ask table groups to describe what collegial conversations would look like, sound like and feel like for these two models. Participants may share out. 3 minutes
  • Review and emphasis the three outcomes of meaningful collegial conversations. Click to activate ”the emphasis on “It’s all about Growth”1 minute
  • Distribute the Principles of Conversation Skills handout. Review the directions on the screen. The video can be found at:Educationalimpact.comTeacher Evaluation Using the Danielson FrameworkModule 4, Topic A, Principles of Conversation skills, Part I – Watch from 3:00 – 6:40.Detailed instructions for accessing the video are in the Video Section of this facilitator’s page. 4 minutes
  • Review the directions with the participants. Time participants to complete activity within 4 minutes. Clicking on the sound icon will activate a charm sound. Give participants 2 minutes to listen to the spectator’s feedback.8 minutes total
  • Following the directions on the slide, allow participants to discuss. Participants may share out. 5 minutes
  • Share how participants can develop a deeper understanding to differentiate their learning needs. 1 minute
  • Share “Your Turn” information1 minute
  • Collegial Conversations for Teacher Growth

    1. 1. Collegial Conversations for Teacher GrowthTeacher Evaluation ReviewTraining 3
    2. 2. Collegial Conversation What does a collegial conversation  sound like?  look like?  feel like?
    3. 3. Outcomes and ObjectivesOutcome:The FCPS system will develop a commonunderstanding regarding the Framework forTeaching Rubric and the Teacher EvaluationSystem.Objective:Participants will explore the benefits ofcollegial conversations as they relate toprofessional growth.
    4. 4. “My years in a school suggest that the quality of adult relationships within a school has more to do with the quality and character of a school and with the accomplishments of students than any other factor.“ (Stephen G. Barkley, 2011)
    5. 5. the quality of adult relationships Visitation Model Evaluator Teacher Evidence of Effectiveness Collaboration Model Model
    6. 6. the quality of adult relationships Evidence of Effectiveness Model Teacher Teacher Collaboration Model
    7. 7. Collegial ConversationsIncrease student achievementthrough cultivating a teacher’sinstructional repertoireIncrease teacher effectivenessIncrease engagement inprofessional growth anddevelopment It’s all about Growth!!!!
    8. 8. Charlotte Danielson speaksAs you view CharlotteDanielson discussing Principlesof Conversation/ListeningSkills, in the right hand columnof your handout, recordquestions, comments, orthoughts.
    9. 9. Activity: Trios Collaborative ConversationIn triads, designate Teacher A, Teacher B and a Spectator.Teacher A: Talk about one of the three topics below for 1minute.Teacher B: Conduct a 3 minute Collaborative Conversation usingthe stems found in the Principles of Conversation handout.Spectator: Take notes on the conversation. After 3 minutes, thespectator offers feedback about the conversation. TOPICS Your Thanksgiving Traditions Your Best Student Ever Your Funniest Classroom Experience
    10. 10. ReflectionIn table groups, discuss howthe use of the Principles ofConversation/Listening Skillscan lead to a more productiveand focused conversationabout instruction and studentachievement.
    11. 11. Developing a DeeperUnderstandingEducational Impact is available foryou to use for further exploration ofthis or any other topic relatedto the Teacher Evaluation System.For more collegial conversationinformation you are encouraged to usethe Danielson Series:Select Teacher Evaluation, Module 4.
    12. 12. Your TurnPlease complete the survey to provide feedback regarding the training.The survey can be found atThe address is also on the bottom of your Principles of Conversation Skills/Listening Skills handout.