Teachers and Other Professionals

Peer-to-Peer Feedback Cycles

Published: 3/6/2018 12:07 PM

Educational research reveals a need for deeper professional learning, such as the integrated use of peer-to-peer (P2P) observation and feedback processes, to increase educator effectiveness (Measure to Learn and Improve [MLI] survey, February 2015)*. According to Joellen Killion, Senior Advisor of Learning Forward, (2008), “… A form of professional learning, peer observation is a set of purposeful, planned actions and the support system necessary to achieve the identified goals…”

Ideally, teachers and other professionals initiate P2P feedback cycles as an embedded form of professional learning. Authentic engagement in P2P processes empowers educators to collaboratively identify learning needs and improve classroom practices that lead to increased student learning. Administrators may support P2P  learning by providing opportunities for educators to attend trainings hosted by KDE, encouraging them to complete the online training, or by facilitating P2P sessions at the school or district using the off-line training package. 

When peer observation is included in a local district’s personnel evaluation system, the CEP provides guidance and requirements specific to district administration and use. 

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Observation and Feedback Learning Sessions

The Kentucky Department of Education has developed P2P learning sessions suited to the varied learning styles of educators that promote engagement in research-based practices. The professional learning sessions also may fulfill a district’s requirement for educators to obtain peer observer certification, if required by the district’s certified evaluation plan (CEP). 

Content: This opportunity promotes collegial conversations grounded in frameworks that define educator effectiveness, such as:


  • activate a growth mindset

  • engage in activities that promote productive, safe, formative conversations about instructional practices

  • gain knowledge and resources to facilitate the exchange of actionable feedback with a peer

  • hone accomplished teaching practices

The Learning Design

P2P Observation and Feedback sessions foster collegial conversations among educators about real issues related to teaching and learning. This integrated approach to collaboration supports the professional growth of educators because it enhances an educator's ability to interact with peers and initiate self-directed learning. 


 *To request access to MLI survey results, please contact the Division of Next Generation Professionals: 502-564-1479

Christine Meisberger
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Next Generation Professionals
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-1479
Fax (502) 564-6470

​Learning Modes
On-line training: web-based and self-paced modules designed for an individualized learning experience. This www.iDriveDigital.com course replaces the former training requirement for peer observers: KET’s Professional Learning for Peer Observers. 
In-Person sessions: face-to-face learning sessions conducted by Kentucky Department of Education staff. For detailed information or to schedule a local session, contact Erin Ashcraft by email or phone at 502-564-1479, ext. 4514
Off-line Package: face-to-face district or school-based session facilitated by local educators. The module includes digital versions of all required materials and the facilitator guide. To request KDE’s off-line training package, contact Erin Ashcraft by email or phone at 502-564-1479, ext.  4514
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