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How can educators work together more effectively to improve professional practice in a way that enhances student performance? The answer, says author Pam Robbins, involves combining collaborative activities and peer coaching—teachers supporting teachers. This book describes how any school can implement these proven practices and experience positive changes in teaching, school culture, and learning.
Robbins explains how to develop a collaborative, learning-focused culture and build trust among colleagues; offers strategies for participating in difficult conversations that yield useful feedback; clarifies how to develop, sustain, and evaluate peer coaching efforts; and showcases exemplary peer coaching practices used in real schools. She also includes coaching tools, scenarios, process guidelines, and reflection questions that make it easier to transfer these ideas into a school setting.
Peer coaching offers a job-embedded learning strategy; it’s a valuable structure for supporting schoolwide and districtwide priorities such as analyzing data, improving instruction, integrating technology, and implementing standards. In short, it creates an effective way to support the growth of every teacher and enrich learning processes in any school.
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"Each chapter provides a balance of research supported strategies, discussion of theory and practice, anecdotes, a summary, and reflective questions. I feel that the chapters of this book would also make terrific stand-alone articles, but taken together they are truly a principal's gift in navigating a staff toward this enriching model."
—Holly Foley, MiddleWeb (Reprinted with permission)
PAM ROBBINS is an independent educational consultant who works with public and private schools, school districts, educational service centers, state departments of education, leadership academies, principal centers, professional organizations and associations, universities, and corporations throughout the United States and around the world. Pam’s professional interests include peer coaching, mentoring, brain research and effective teaching, instructional strategies for the block schedule, learning communities, leadership, supervision, the leadership practices of Abraham Lincoln, and presentation skills.
professional development | collaboration | teacher engagement and motivation | professional learning communities | coaching and mentoring
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