The Peer Observer Module is a web-based opportunity developed in partnership with Kentucky Educational Television (KET), titled “Professional Learning for Peer Observers”. This self-paced module prepares teachers to become effective peer observers in Kentucky’s Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES).
Users may register for the Peer Observer Module in CIITS. Hover over the EDS tab, choose PD search, then online courses. Type in Peer Observer Training Module. Register for the month in which you would like to complete the module. The module can also be found at http://ket.pbslearningmedia.org/ . Users must either Sign up for FREE or log in with a PBS account. Once logged in, search for the title Professional Learning for Peer Observers. For assistance with PBS Learning Media download the “User's Guide” or watch the video tutorials on “How to Enroll and Navigating the Course”.
For questions regarding Peer Observation or registering in CIITS, please contact:
Division of Next Generation Professionals
For technical questions concerning PBS Learning Media, please contact:
Professional Development Division
Kentucky Educational Television
Teaching to the Core: Integrating Implementation of Common Core and Teacher Effectiveness Policies
The next several years are pivotal for re-orienting the culture of public education toward higher expectations for student learning and continuous improvement by educators. But inertia is a powerful force in the nation's classrooms; waves of policy reforms have come and gone, leading many educators to adopt a "this too shall pass" mentality. If they are treated as separate and distinct initiatives, the Common Core and teacher effectiveness policies will be more easily dismissed as two more fleeting reforms to be out-lived.
SEA leaders must demonstrate by their actions and words that the initiatives are inextricably linked and also that they call for fundamental changes in curriculum, instruction and assessment. If it is not made clear to educators in the superintendent's office as well as the classroom that expectations for performance have fundamentally changed, then there is real danger that we will have expended a tremendous amount of political capital and billions of dollars, only to find instruction has not changed and student achievement has not improved.
The purpose of this policy brief and its 10 recommendations is to help state departments succeed in carry out these responsibilities. The first six recommendations deal with organizational design and functions of state departments. The next four recommend changes in practice.
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