PD Partnership Focuses on Improving Classroom Walkthroughs

Harvey Silver, one of the most influential educators in America, joins
School Improvement Network to help capture the untapped potential
in classroom observations.

Observation 360 runs conveniently as an app for iPad, making classroom observation easily recordable and immediately sharable.

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PD Developers School Improvement Network and The Thoughtful Classroom™ have come together to provide a solution to one of the biggest challenges facing educators today: creating the kind of classroom walkthrough that truly, permanently improves teacher practice and student achievement.

    To do this, School Improvement Network is now offering The Thoughtful Classroom™ Teaching Effectiveness Framework as part of its Observation 360 product package. The Framework, developed by Thoughtful Classroom cofounder and renowned educator Harvey Silver, was developed to succeed where other frameworks have fallen short. Click here for a pdf of the Quick Guide of The Thoughtful Classroom Teacher Effectiveness Framework.

    Silver’s observation model takes what real classroom practice has shown to work—the experience of hundreds of educators and the very best of popular observation frameworks created by experts like Charlotte Danielson, Robert Marzano, and Tony Frontier—and streamlines it into a single, powerful tool. The result is a simple yet comprehensive framework that cuts to the core of good observation practice, maximizing an educator’s ability to improve teacher performance, while steering away from methods that get in the way of progress.

Observation 360 is aligned with PD360, the most diverse library of online professional development in the world.

    Through this new partnership with School Improvement Network, The Thoughtful Classroom’s Teaching Effectiveness Framework is aligned with PD 360, the deepest, most diverse library of online professional development in the world. Using Observation 360, classroom observers can enter feedback into the Framework on an iPad or computer and send it to teachers in real time. Observation 360 will then prescribe targeted training videos to teachers based upon that feedback, providing immediate and embedded support toward teacher growth.

    To access The Thoughtful Classroom™ Teaching Effectiveness Framework and an array of School Improvement Network’s professional development tools, sign up for a free 30-day trial by calling Sara at (800) 962-4432.

About Observation 360
Observation 360 is the most successful classroom observation tool on the market. Available on the iPad, iTouch, iPhone, or Windows, Observation 360 automatically links relevant professional development training materials in PD 360 to the observation notes and sends the package directly to the instructor. The tool also provides graphs, notations, and customizable templates to suit your school or district. Observation 360 has made classroom observations efficient for administrators and effective for teachers. Learn more at www.schoolimprovement.com/products/observation360.

Combining the experience of 100's of educators with the best of popular observation frameworks, this model is simple, yet comprehensive.

About Silver Strong & Associates
For over 35 years, Silver Strong & Associates has been a leader in helping schools meet the challenges of providing high quality instruction to diverse learners. Founded by Harvey Silver and the late Richard Strong, Silver Strong & Associates has worked with thousands of schools both nationally and internationally. Our work is driven by three goals:

  • To help teachers develop more thoughtful classrooms
  • To help school leaders transform their schools into dynamic learning communities
  • To make students as important as standards

Learn more at www.thoughtfulclassroom.com.

About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, research-based professional development anytime, anywhere.

    As the home of The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, Observation 360, the Learning 360 Framework, Equity 360, and Common Core 360, School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,000 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at www.schoolimprovement.com.

School Improvement Network, PD 360, Common Core 360, Observation 360, and their respective logos are trademarks of the School Improvement Network. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.