Teaching Effectiveness

All schools know that teaching effectiveness is the most important factor in improving student performance.

What is the challenge?

To continuously improve instruction, teachers need to be part of teaching teams that collectively include skills and experience matched to student needs. They need access to accurate and timely formative data on student learning, and time to analyze these data under the guidance of a coach, teacher leader, or other expert. 

An integrated solution is the key, but districts and schools often only invest in individual elements.

Many districts invest in elements of this framework but do not see significant instructional improvements because they have not implemented an integrated solution.

Step-By-Step Analysis

You can evaluate the strength of your investment in improving teaching effectiveness–use our worksheets to show you how to analyze:

  • The amount of collaborative planning time in your district and how that compares to other districts
  • The level of investment in expert support and how it varies by school
  • The principal span of review, which indicates principals’ abilities to provide thoughtful teacher evaluations

Take Action

  • Invest in collaborative planning time
  • Invest in formative assessments
  • Tailor teacher support to individual teacher needs
  • Ensure that your investment in coaching/teacher leaders is leveraged
  • Move toward building expert support within teacher teams