Looking Inside Classrooms: Teacher Effectiveness

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

Far too many young children are deprived of effective teaching—a critical foundation for children’s future academic success. In the early years and early grades, practitioners, policymakers, and parents need to broaden and enhance the understanding of what constitutes high quality teaching. Teaching practices must be associated with improved school experiences and outcomes for children, both academically and in the social-emotional domain. In this webinar we will explore the use of observational measures to assess and inform teacher effectiveness in a PreK-3rd grade context. Addressing a broad range of instructional practices and priorities, these measures examine how teachers create opportunities for children to interact with their physical environment, their peers, and their teachers in ways that promote intellectual engagement and provide a social-emotional foundation for learning. This webinar will provide examples from schools districts and individual schools that are using these observational tools in novel and effective ways to promote better teaching.


  • Bridget Hamre, Associate Director, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, University of Virginia (moderator)
  • Courtney Bell, Research Scientist, Educational Testing Service
  • Lisa Guernsey, Director, Early Education Initiative, New America Foundation
  • Gail Joseph, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology and Early Childhood and Family Studies, University of Washington
  • Jason Sachs, Director, Department of Early Childhood, Boston Public Schools

Related Article: "Experts: Evals require reliable data, wise reactions," Tricia Offutt, Education Daily, November 5, 2012

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