Peer Observation and Feedback
Peer observation and feedback is designed to foster collegial conversations among educators about real issues related to teaching and learning. The process can be a rewarding and fulfilling journey of professional growth and collaboration among teachers. When implemented well, peer-to-peer collaboration supports the professional growth of educators because it is teacher-driven, formative, supported by principals, and collegial.
Educational research reveals a need for deeper professional learning, such as the integrated use of peer observation 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…”
Other professionals guide the peer observation and feedback process. Sharing instructional techniques empowers educators to identify personal learning needs and improve classroom practice that leads to increased student learning. An authentic, embedded form of professional learning, peer observation provides the opportunity to review methodology and share promising instructional practices between and among educators.