Teacher Observation is Collaborative in KY Middle School

Lauren Williams's picture
Friday, March 15, 2013

observe4success, a leading provider of easy-to-use, classroom observation and walkthrough software is thrilled to see its peer observation component being used to encourage collaboration amongst educators. Since its implementation at Western Middle School in Louisville, KY, the observe4success platform has become an invaluable avenue for peer feedback, as well as an integral part of teacher growth. The school’s leadership has a long history of emphasizing collaboration to drive improved instructional practices, and they now have a solution to support their vision.

“The implementation of observe4success was incredibly easy and since has been an indispensible tool for our administrators and educators alike” says Western Middle School Assistant Principal Austin Allain. He continues, “We encourage our teachers to use observe4success to identify strengths and weaknesses within the classroom, constructively discuss them, and continuously implement positive changes. Thus far we have seen fantastic results! This observation solution has allowed us to drill down and focus on specific instructional topics, analyze the data, and realize positive growth in individual teachers, departments, and as an entire school in the area of instruction.”

Considered one of the best classroom walkthrough software packages available today, observe4success melds the benefits of technology, research-based content, fully customizable observation forms, graphic reports, and peer observation and reporting. This offers educators and administrators the clearest means of supporting and improving the teaching process.

Abby Sterensis, Vice President at observe4success states, “We truly believe that observe4success is a collaborative tool and are so proud of the work being done in Jefferson County Schools at Western Middle.” She continues, “Allowing teachers to observe their peers, provide feedback, and work together to improve in a school with a culture and a climate that encourages open, honest dialogue is an amazing thing to see.”

Developed by educators for educators, observe4success started as a grassroots effort to capture and systemically report the essence of classroom culture and instructional practice so that administrators and peer observers could easily grasp classroom characteristics. With observation data collected over time, stored, and sorted, administrators and teachers work together to identify strengths to be highlighted and weaknesses to be supported. Current research encourages continuous improvement to support instructional practices while implementing exemplary teaching practices; observe4success offers the tools to make these efforts seamless.

For more about Western Middle School, please visit them on the web, http://westernms.jefferson.kyschools.us

To learn more about observe4success or to schedule a demonstration please visit: http://www.observe4success.com

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observe4success is the best classroom walkthrough software on the market today and truly is a collaborative tool for administrators and teachers in the 21st century.

observe4success is a practical, real-world, simple, web-based tool that educators can use to observe, encourage, enhance, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom cultures in school communities. observe4success uniquely combines the newest technology, content that is easily understood (and now completely customizable!), and meaningful graphic reports to support and assist teachers as both administrators and teachers study and improve the craft of teaching.