The Relationship Between Formative and Summative Observations

There is this ongoing belief among too many campus administrators that formative and summative classroom observations (and the subsequent data collected) can be co-mingled.  Let me be clear on this, this bad practice and wrong thinking. Yes, formative and summative observation processes must be aligned.  After all. to be meaningful, skill enhancement and practice should…

Why You Don’t Co-Mingle Formative and Summative Observation Data

The teacher observer paradox… The fewer observations you do, the more you think you know.  The more observations you do, the more you know you don’t know. Though the summative and formative observation processes have similarities, they are SEPARATE entities. To co-mingle data for both formative and summative purposes actually means that EVERY visit is…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of November 6, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of November 6, 2016 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. Congratulations to Ms. Gadeke (El Campo MS)!…

PowerWalks Alignment to T-TESS Domain 4

This is the final post of a four post series addressing each T-TESS domain and its relationship and correlations to PowerWalks. Link to T-TESS Domain 1 Post Link to T-TESS Domain 2 Post Link to T-TESS Domain 3 Post T-TESS Domain 4: Professional Practices and Responsibilities The elements in this domain occur outside of the…

PowerWalks Alignment to T-TESS Domain 3

This is post three of a four post series addressing each T-TESS domain and its relationship and correlations to PowerWalks. Link to T-TESS Domain 1 Post Link to T-TESS Domain 2 Post  Link to T-TESS Domain 4 Post T-TESS Domain 3: Learning Environment The research is clear that the environment can have either a positive…

PowerWalks Alignement to T-TESS Domain 2

This is post two of a four post series addressing each T-TESS domain and its relationship and correlations to PowerWalks. T-TESS Domain 1 Post T-TESS Domain 3 Post T-TESS Domain 4 Post T-TESS Domain 2: Instruction The use of high volume formative observations that are aligned to best practice (such as PowerWalks), support teachers in…

PowerWalks Alignment to T-TESS Domain 1

In Texas, a lot of campus leaders are freaking out over the new teacher evaluation system, T-TESS.  Specifically, will the formative observations that they have been doing align with summative T-TESS requirements.  I can’t speak to the lesser formative observation systems that are in use, but I can speak to the best Formative Observation System,…

A Reader Writes… The Purposeful Cycle of Formative and Summative Observation – Part 1

In response to the October 6, 2016 post, “The Purposeful Cycle of Formative and Summative Observation,” a LYS Principal writes: SC, I’ll admit it. I’m confused after reading this post!  It sounds like you are saying that the coaching conferences we have after 15-20 PowerWalks should be 20-30 minutes?  I thought they were supposed to…

The Purposeful Cycle of Formative and Summative Observation

Everyday, I am amazed by the bad practice that is perpetrated on teachers every day, at campus after campus, when it comes to summative evaluation.  I constantly have to remind school leaders that the reason why teachers don’t trust the evaluation process is mostly due to… school leaders.  Here are just two related examples and…

The Alignment of PowerWalks and T-TESS

To conclude this series of T-TESS alignment posts, we’ll discuss formative walks-thru’s.  Principals are beginning to realize that the T-TESS implemented correctly means coaching and supporting staff to better implement better and best practice.  And to do this effectively, a tool that creates “game-film” for teachers is no longer a want… it is a necessity. …

The Alignment of The Fundamental 5 and T-TESS

There are a lot of teachers suffering from heartburn trying to figure out how they will meet all the requirements of T-TESS.  Relax.  The secret to meeting T-TESS requirements is to focus on better implementing better and best practice. But where to start?  Start (and finish) with working to implement The Fundamental 5 with greater…

What About T-TESS

A lot of educators have asked me what is my opinion on T-TESS (Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System).  My general response is that it is much ado about nothing.  But I also realize that is a “cynical old man” response, which really says nothing.  So here is my honest critique. Overall, T-TESS a better…

The Danielson Framework Alignment to The Fundamental 5

In continuation of the 10/8/2015 post, “The DanielsonFramework Alignment to The Foundation Trinity,” I am sharing the following Danielson Framework / The Fundamental 5 Alignment Summary.  The reader will quickly observe that teachers working to implement The Fundamental 5 will easily meet and/or exceed the Danielson Framework instructional standards. Domain 1: Planning and Preparation Knowledge…

Danielson Framework Alignment to The Foundation Trinity

Recently, I shared the alignment of Lead Your School (LYS) processes and practices to the new Texas teacher evaluation standards.  Since then, LYSers in states that have adopted/adapted the Danielson Framework as the basis for teacher evaluation have asked if I would do a similar alignment for their use.  OK.  But before I do, I…

T-TESS Alignment to the Observation Modules of PowerWalks

This is the conclusion of the series of posts addressing T-TESS Alignment. See the 9/29/2015 post, “T-TESS Alignment to The Foundation Trinity,” and the 9/30/2015 post, “T-TESS Alignment to The Fundamental 5.”  Today I’m addressing the campus administrator concern of finding a classroom observation protocol that is aligned to the T-TESS.  The search is a…

T-Tess Alignment to The Fundamental 5

In continuation of the 9/29/2015 post, “T-TESS Alignment to The Foundation Trinity,” I am sharing the following T-TESS / The Fundamental 5 Alignment Summary.  The reader will quickly observe that teachers working to implement The Fundamental 5 will easily meet and/or exceed the new T-TESS instructional standards. §149.1001. Teacher Standards. Purpose. The standards identified in…

T-TESS Alignment to The Foundation Trinity

Texas is rolling out the new Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) for teacher summative evaluations.  This has set off some concern about the need for teachers to change what they are doing and a number of educators have asked me that very question.  The answer is, “It depends.” Teachers who infrequently implement known…

A Principal Submits… Observations from the Perfect Dysfunctional Storm – Point #4

The following is the fourth of a multi-point field report from a LYS Principal. SC, Once a school is acceptable, most of the support a principal receives for improving instruction and learning vanishes.  Very little pushback from staff will be allowed from central office administrators.  The amount of tolerable pushback varies from district to district,…

A Reader Asks… Why Not Feedback After 3 Minutes?

A LYS Central Office Administrator asks the following: SC, Why do you coach that teachers should not to receive feedback (normally) after a single observation?  Why must we wait until patterns/trends are established before providing feedback to individual teachers? This seems counter-intuitive.  Help. SC Response I get these questions a lot due to the fact…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of February 8, 2015

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of February 8, 2015. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Raul Nuques! He is the…

Fundamental 5 and Teacher Evaluation Alignment (PDAS)

Yesterday, I wrote that implementation of The Fundamental 5 should not be used for a teacher’s summative evaluation.  Instead, administrators should use the observed implementation of The Fundamental 5 for teacher formative assessment, feedback and coaching.  Essentially supporting a teacher in the honing of daily craft to make summative evaluations less stressful and more rewarding…

A Reader Asks… The Fundamental 5 and Teacher Evaluation

A LYS Teacher asks the following: SC, What do you think about administrators using the Fundamental 5 as basis for teacher evaluation? SC Response Good in theory… Horrible in practice. Here’s why.   The Fundamental 5 represents a cadre of high-yield instructional practices that when used with increasing frequency and quality improve teacher effectiveness and student…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of January 4, 2015

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of January 4, 2015. 1. If I had to choose between taking a…

A Reader Asks… Another Formative Observation Question

A LYS campus instructional leader asks the following question: SC, I forgot to ask you to weigh in on the other question that we are arguing about. Can we use the data we collect on the quick walk-thru’s for a teacher’s summative evaluation? SC Response I’m glad you asked that question.  Let be very clear…

Breaking the Code

In our profession (as any profession) we often speak in jargon, shorthand and code. What I would like to share are a couple of code phrases from the field of education that will signal that you are on an adult-centric campus. This staff is like one big family… That won’t work here… We need to…

A Reader Shares… What I Know, What We Do

A LYS Principal shares the following: LYS Nation, In 2009, I was working in a district that brought in Sean Cain to help us get out of the ditch.  He and the LYS Coaches trained the administrators to focus on the implementation of The Foundation Trinity and teachers on the implementation of The Fundamental 5. …

Readers Ask… Don’t Take Short Cuts – Part 1

A number of readers have requested that I better explain the warning / reminder / lesson shared by The Big Easy in the May 7, 2013 post, “Don’t Take Short Cuts.”  First, let’s refresh our memories. Principals, When PowerWalks observations (or any lesser, FORMATIVE observation system results) are tied to teacher evaluations, objectivity is lost…

A Superintendent Writes… Instructional Coaching – Part 1

In response to the 12/5/2013 post, “A Reader Asks… Instructional Coaching,” a LYS Superintendent writes: LYS Nation, It is interesting that today’s blog would be over teacher coaching and evaluations, because I had this same conversation with principals today and commented that I should write up my thoughts and send them to Sean.   First,…

Your Best STAAR Preparation Plan – Section 1

At most schools we are now entering into testing season. In Texas, that test is the STAAR, but Texas is not unique when it comes to end of the year high stakes testing.  And even if your school isn’t dealing with state testing, there are AP Tests, Cambridge Tests and course finals that impact student…

A Reader Asks… Instructional Coaching

A LYS Assistant Principal asks the following: SC, I attended one of your workshops in Austin and wanted a quick clarification about instructional coaching.  You stressed the importance of providing feedback to your teachers and having coaching pieces separate from evaluation pieces.  How do you provide constructive criticism and affirm the things going right for…
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