We invite you to take advantage of the educational resources below, created by and for educators and instructional leaders. Each provides insightful information to help guide you, your team and your teachers from Gotcha to Growth.
We understand the challenges you look to solve and hope you find this content helpful in your journey to provide your teachers with the support and feedback they want and need to grow.
eBook: Simple Ways to Use Video and Self-Reflection to Grow Professionally
For years, teachers have been overwhelmingly unsatisfied with a majority of their required professional development - and most of their required PD focused on technology integration. But a key piece in developing educators professionally is the practice of reflection. This eBook includes a framework for reflection and features four prominent education voices' thoughts on fresh ways to approach PD as a practice, a new emphasis on the connection between teachers and those who teach them, the power of self-reflection, and the specifics of video's role in personalizing any teacher's PD.
eBook: How to Create a Coaching Program That Works
Research shows that districts can, on average, spend more than $20,000 on each new hire, including expenses related to recruitment, hiring, and training. Turnover negatively affects students as well. In this e-book, we first focus on why professional learning supported by instructional coaching must be intentionally designed. We then address considerations for designing an effective coaching model targeted to your district’s instructional needs. We believe that effective instructional coaching is defined by equity in and access to the very best learning we can make possible for all students.
eBook: Feedback Strategies for Coaches & Administrators
The quality and amount of feedback provided to teachers is disappointing. A 2009 study of 12 districts found that 75% of teachers “received no specific feedback about how to improve their practice,” and only 43% actually used feedback to improve instruction. To offer support, this guide surfaces key elements of effective feedback—the kind that accomplished principals, coaches, and consulting educators use to influence instruction.
eBook: Using Video to Achieve High Performance
Video gives coaches and athletes the same thing that all educators want— and need: relevant, actionable feedback that improves practices and promotes growth. In this report, Insight founder Dr. Michael Moody details how filming classroom instruction has the potential to transform teacher performance—and ultimately, student achievement—and what district and school leaders can do to make it happen.
eBook: Teacher Evaluation Systems That Work
Public education has made a big bet when it comes to teacher evaluation. In fact, 45 states have revised their evaluation practices over the past few years. But has the bet paid off? Learn why some systems aren't working, read relevant research on what is actually helping improve teacher practice, understand research-backed traits of effective evaluation systems, and review strategies to help you build a growth-based system.
REstarting School Readiness Survey
As school and district leaders prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we encourage you to take this readiness survey created by our partners at Insight Education Group. Based on the survey responses, a series of detailed RESTARTING SCHOOL instructional readiness considerations will be customized for you and immediately shared in the form of a resource guide that includes expert recommendations, resources, planning tools, and more.
Research Brief: Empowering Educators to Excel
In 2017, our partners at Insight Education Group were awarded a Teacher and School Leader Incentive (TSL) Program Grant from the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with five school districts. The Empowering Educators to Excel (E3) project brought much-needed support and growth opportunities to teachers and school leaders in 47 relatively small and/or rural schools across four states. This research brief provides a snapshot of the promising results to date, as well as the comprehensive interventions that have been put in place to achieve these outcomes.