Learning Sciences Marzano Center Releases Educational Policy Paper, Focusing on Deliberate Practice in Instruction

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Deliberate practice empowers teachers to become the agents of their own expertise.

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Learning Sciences Marzano Center Executive Director Robert J. Marzano and CEO Michael D. Toth

The most successful teacher evaluation models for the twenty-first century will be those developed on a foundation of deliberate practice.

Learning Sciences Marzano Center for Teacher and Leader Evaluation has released a new research-based policy paper, “Deliberate Practice for Deliberate Growth,” now available for download at MarzanoDeliberatePractice.com. The authors, Learning Sciences Marzano Center’s Executive Director Dr. Robert J. Marzano and CEO Michael D. Toth, detail the importance of using deliberate practice as a foundation to encourage steady improvement in teacher quality and a concurrent increase in student test scores over time.

Significant research indicates that deliberate practice, a focused loop of sharpening specific skills, followed by targeted feedback and further practice, is a proven pathway for improvement in virtually any undertaking. According to Marzano and Toth, the most successful teacher evaluation models for the twenty-first century will be those developed on a foundation of deliberate practice.

The paper offers valuable insight into the importance of incorporating deliberate practice into planning and instruction to measurably build teacher expertise. As teachers become increasingly adept at seeking out and using feedback from mentors, coaches, collaborative efforts, and other resources, they become better able to improve specific strategies, fostering positive change in classroom behavior and facilitating a clear, demonstrable learning progression for their students.

Forty-five states, along with the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity, have adopted Common Core or college and career readiness standards, creating a crucial need for rapid teacher development and expertise in instructional strategies. States must now consider how their evaluation models may or may not foster teacher growth, instructional improvement, and student success in the face of rigorous new standards. “Deliberate Practice for Deliberate Growth” provides research-based strategies that district leaders, school leaders, and educators can implement to prepare students for the demands of the new standards.

Learning Sciences Marzano Center, located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, provides next-generation teacher and leadership evaluation tools and training to promote growth and achievement in public education. Built on a foundation of expert research in partnership with national researcher and author Dr. Robert Marzano, the Center identifies, develops, and disseminates cutting-edge resources in educational best practices.

To download “Deliberate Practice for Deliberate Growth,” visit MarzanoDeliberatePractice.com.

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