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The power of feedback: Supporting teacher development

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This handbook outlines best practices and resources to support educators in sharing meaningful feedback on teaching practice. Meaningful feedback helps teachers connect their areas of strength and priority areas for growth in their professional practice to next steps that will improve students’ learning. These resources support an ongoing feedback process where feedback-givers and teachers collaboratively collect and make meaning of evidence related to teaching practice, and use it to inform the development of next steps in order to refine teaching practice and advance student learning.

Specifically, this handbook contains:

  • an overview of key research that shows the critical role that the feedback process plays in supporting teacher development and student learning;
  • a discussion of the importance of building trusting relationships as the foundation of the feedback process, as well as ways in which the feedback process can itself build trust;
  • promising practices and resources for engaging in all steps of the feedback process, including gathering evidence, preparing to share feedback, engaging in feedback conversations, and following up;
  • guidance for engaging in milestone conversations to reflect on the feedback process over time; and
  • an appendix of resources to support prioritizing and engaging in all stages of the feedback process.
Standards:
Quality Review Indicators 1.1 CurriculumQuality Review Indicators 1.2 PedagogyQuality Review Indicators 4.1 Teacher Support and SupervisionQuality Review Indicators 4.2 Teacher Teams and Leadership DevelopmentDanielson Framework for Teaching 4a: Reflecting on TeachingDanielson Framework for Teaching 4d: Participating in the Professional CommunityDanielson Framework for Teaching 4e: Growing and Developing Professionally
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