The purpose of Peer Observation is for teachers to receive formative feedback from a peer to help improve their practice. The data collected during a peer observation is not available to principals and is not included as a source of evidence when determinging an educator's Overall Professional Practice rating.
A peer observer does not need to be in the same content area as the observee. A classroom teacher may be the peer observer for an other professional such as a librarian or counselor.
Professional Learning for Peer Observers is available to educators. Developed in partnership with Kentucky Educational Television (KET) this self-paced module prepares teachers to become effective peer observers in Kentucky’s Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES). This is the same training that Peer Observers in TPGES receive. Additional guidance documents will become available for Peer Observers observing Other Professionals. Users may register for this module in CIITS using this instruction sheet to guide oneself through the process.
Peer Observation Research Grant: Initial Findings
The content of the Peer Observation Research Grant: Initial Findings
report to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation highlights progress on the deliverables outlined in the Peer Observation Research Grant. At the conclusion fo the grant, analysis of surveys and focus groups began. This report focuses on information important to districts, schools, and peer observers. The findings will help educators make informed decisions concerning peer observation.
Previously submitted during the research grant, the Peer Observation Research Grant
report highlighed how districts chose to implement the peero observation model and how challenges were addressed. It shows how districts implemented peer observation overall during the grant whereas the "Initial Findings" report to the Gates Foundation delves deeply into individual educator responses to focus group and survey questions.