Dr. Robert Marzano Releases White Paper — Describes How to Increase Teacher Effectiveness Within Race to the Top

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Dr. Robert Marzano, national researcher and author on effective pedagogy, has released a white paper on the federal initiative Race to the Top (RttT). In it, he urges states and districts not to make common mistakes that hinder teacher effectiveness. The white paper describes the requirements of RttT and recommends implementation of an “aligned system” with three key elements.

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A lack of a common language of instruction is one of the reasons for the ineffectiveness of efforts districts are making across the country to enhance teacher skill and, therefore, student achievement.

Dr. Robert Marzano has released a new white paper, which outlines how to create a system to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement within the Federal Race to the Top (RttT) initiative. Citing important insights from research, Dr. Marzano and his colleagues explain the critical issues for raising teacher effectiveness and offer practical solutions.

One of Dr. Marzano’s recommendations is to create an aligned system for developing teacher effectiveness based on a comprehensive, research-based common language/model of instruction. An aligned system with a common language/model of instruction ensures that all professional development efforts work together and improvements in instructional practices can be monitored and supported.

According to Dr. Marzano, “A lack of a common language of instruction is one of the reasons for the ineffectiveness of efforts districts are making across the country to enhance teacher skill and, therefore, student achievement.” Walkthroughs, evaluations systems, and professional development “should go hand and glove; those three things should operate from the same perspective,” says Dr. Marzano.

The other co-authors of the white paper, Dr. Peggy Schooling and Michael Toth, are with Learning Sciences International (LSI) a partner of Dr. Marzano. LSI developed a platform, iObservation, which enables the aligned system envisioned by Dr. Marzano. “Without creating an aligned system, schools and districts participating in Race to the Top are likely to implement systems which do not produce results and increase frustration felt by teachers, parents, and administrators,” says Dr. Schooling, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development at LSI.

The white paper also describes the need for robust data collected from a variety of sources and targeted professional development to meet the individual needs of teachers.

The downloadable white paper, “Creating an Aligned System to Develop Great Teachers,” is a practical guide for a research-based approach to systematically raising teacher effectiveness in every classroom.

Race to the Top and other federal initiatives will place pressure on districts to increase teacher and principal effectiveness unlike ever before. The policy implications of Race to the Top may be a foreshadowing of reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. District and school leaders should consider proactively preparing their systems and teachers for the upcoming accountability on teacher and principal effectiveness.

Interested parties may download the paper, watch related videos, or register for a March 8 webinar on RttT with Dr. Marzano at http://www.iObservation.com/whitepapers.

Dr. Robert Marzano is CEO of Marzano Research Laboratory and author of over 30 books on education topics such as instruction, assessment, standards, and leadership.

Learning Sciences International (LSI), provider of iObservation, is a leader in developing state and school district data hubs and interactive learning systems for teacher and leadership effectiveness linked to student gains. LSI is pleased to partner with Marzano Research Laboratory to develop Dr. Robert Marzano’s Suite Connecting Teacher Growth to Student Achievement, powered by iObservation. Visit http://www.iObservation.com for more information. Media Contact: Michael Toth, co-author of the white paper and CEO of Learning Sciences International, 717.845.6300 x172.


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