Opening Doors to Equity: A Practical Guide to Observation-Based Professional Learning

Opening Doors to Equity: A Practical Guide to Observation-Based Professional Learning

by Tonya W. Singer


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452292236
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 11/18/2014
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 814,873
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Tonya Ward Singer, M.F.A., is a professional learning leader with a deep commitment to ensuring diverse learners excel with rigorous expectations. She consults nationally helping K-12 educators realize new possibilities in language and literacy learning to close opportunity gaps for ELs and students in poverty.

Tonya has taught at multiple grade levels as a classroom teacher, reading teacher, and EL specialist, and has extensive experience helping school leaders transform learning at scale. Her choice work is supporting educators in launching and sustaining site-based, continuous inquiry around live lessons. She has been collaborating extensively with multiple districts developing, testing, and refining observation inquiry, the focus of this book.

An expert in pedagogy for linguistically diverse learners, Tonya has co-authored curriculum for international publishers including Scholastic, Longman and Oxford University Press. She thrives on leveraging research and innovation to solve educational challenges, and inspiring others to do the same.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lois Brown Easton vii

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

About the Author xvii

Chapter 1 A Call to Action 1

Reaching Every Child in 21st-century Schools 4

A Rationale for Observing Together 13

Professional Learning for Equity 14

Beyond the Elephant 18

Chapter 2 Observation Inquiry 19

Observation Inquiry Overview 20

Collaborative Inquiry in Classrooms Together 23

Multiple Cycles to Plan-Teach-Observe-Reflect-Plan 26

Protocols to Foster Deep Collaboration 31

Getting Started 33

Chapter 3 Opening Doors: Building Buy-In and Trust 39

Inspire Action 41

Honor Fears 45

Establish Safety 47

Foster a Growth Mindset 51

Address Individual Needs 55

Chapter 4 Asking Questions That Matter 57

Identifying a Problem to Solve 58

Aligning With Local Initiatives 60

Writing a Problem of Practice 63

Asking Questions to Drive Inquiry 65

Facilitation Challenges and Solutions 70

Chapter 5 Planning for Inquiry 75

Goals for Student Learning 75

Assessment and Success Criteria 76

Planning Instruction 80

Facilitation Tips for Efficient, Effective Team Planning 83

Chapter 6 Observing Together 89

Focusing the Observation: The Prelesson Meeting 90

Taking Notes in a Lesson 93

Formative Evidence Examples 99

Using Video 107

Chapter 7 Describing and Analyzing What We Observed 111

Step 1 Describe Without Judgment 116

Step 2 Organize Data 119

Step 3 Make Generalizations 122

Teach and Practice the Protocol 124

Chapter 8 From Observation to Action 127

Step 4 Link Cause and Effect 128

Step 5 Apply Learning to Plan 142

Step 6 Set Individual and Team Goals 143

Chapter 9 Deepening Learning Across Multiple Lessons 147

Building From Lesson to Lesson 147

Kindergarten: Advancing Collaborative

Conversations About Texts 150

Second Grade: Deepening Insights About Language 153

Middle School: Elevating Thinking Across the Content Areas 158

Strategies for Facilitating Deep Learning 160

Chapter 10 Evaluating and Expanding Our Impact 169

What Have Students Learned? 170

What Have Teachers Learned? 173

How Do We Expand Learning Beyond the Team? 180

How Do We Sustain Continuous Learning? 188

Appendix A Launching Observation Inquiry 193

Appendix B Easy Protocol Reference 201

References 203

Index 209

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