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The Power of Teacher Rounds

The Power of Teacher Rounds
A Guide for Facilitators, Principals, & Department Chairs

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June 2014 | 176 pages | Corwin

The definitive, step-by-step guide for conducting teacher rounds!

It’s a revolutionary idea: rather than working in isolation, teachers have much to learn from each other. With teacher rounds, educators share insights and grow professionally, benefitting from the peer learning common in other demanding fields. This invaluable book dives into the details of implementing a successful teacher rounds program, and provides a complete and practical step-by-step plan.

Written by two respected pioneers of the teacher rounds movement, this resource is especially useful for school leaders and rounds facilitators. Readers will learn how to

  • Realize the potential of teacher rounds as a strategy for Common Core implementation
  • Develop rounds facilitation techniques through vignettes, video clips, and group learning exercises
  • Create positive, empowering teams that lift both instruction and student performance

Tap into the knowledge and best practices present throughout this helpful book, and see how your teacher rounds program can thrive!

Getting from Then to Now  
Implementing the Common Core State Standards  
About this Book  
Part I - Background
1. What is Rounds?
Rounds is a Unique Form of Professional Development  
A Rounds Group in Action: A True-to-Life Story  
Pre Rounds Meeting - Choosing a Compelling Problem of Practice  
Preparing the Host Teacher  
Observing the Host Teacher Teach  
Debriefing the Observation  
Committing to a Change of Practice  
It's a Circular Path to Perfection  
2. Why Do Rounds?
Rounds Creates a Framework for Critical Colleagueship  
Rounds Facilities the Sharing for Successful Practice  
Rounds Helps Develop a Shared Vision of Good Teaching  
Rounds is Low-Cost, High-Impact Strategy for Implementing the Common Core State Standards  
Rounds is Aligned With Learning Forward's Standards for Professional Learning  
3. Who Does Rounds?
The Rounds Group  
Challenges for the Group  
The Rounds Facilitators  
Challenges for Facilitators  
Facilitator Study Groups  
The Host Teacher  
Preparation for the Observation  
Following the Observation  
Part II - Facilitators
4. How to Prepare for Rounds
Step 1: Lay Groundwork for Collaboration  
Establish Norms  
Learn How to Observe: Conduct A Rounds Observation Workshop  
Step 2: Conduct the Introduction to Rounds Meeting  
5. How to Implement Rounds
Step 1: Facilitator Prepares the Host Teacher  
Supporting the Host Teacher in Preparing the Form  
Using the Host Teacher Preparation Form  
Don't Forget the Kids  
Step 2: Rounds Group Observes the Host Teacher's Class  
Step 3: Group Debriefs the Observation  
Step 4: Group Conducts the Next Rounds Meeting  
Developing a list of Common Criteria  
Step 5: Teachers Share a Record of Practice  
Examples of Commitments to Change and Records of Practice  
6. Year-End Wrap-Up
Has the Work Improved Student Learning?  
The Answer is Yes!  
Video Case: Examining One Teacher's Change of Practice  
Framing the Context  
The Power of Teacher Rounds  
End of Year Reflection  
7. Case & Guides to Case Analysis
Using Cases to Facilitate Discussion of Issues Confronting Rounds Groups  
How and When to Use Cases  
Part III - Principals & Department Chairs
8. Role of the Principal
Understand what Rounds Requires  
Assess Teacher Talent  
Choose the Best Candidates  
Lay the Cultural Groundwork  
Build on Firm Ground With Good Resources  
Provide Ongoing Support  
9. Rounds for Department Chairs: Improving High School Teacher Development & Supervision
Department Chairs Step Up  
Pull the Lever  
The Difference Between Department Chair Rounds and Faculty Rounds  
How to Implement Department Chair Rounds  
Build a Culture of Trust  
Select your DCR Facilitator  
Facilitator Frames Rounds  
Prepare the Department Chair Host  
Choose a Compelling Problem of Practice  
Prepare for the Round  
Follow the Protocol for Debriefing  
Watch the Video  
Practice our Post-Observation Conference End Game  
Make an End Game Checklist  
Part IV - Appendices
A. CCSS Speaking and Listening Standard 6-12
B. Glenda's Host Teacher Preparation Form
C. Glenda's Record of Practice
D. Observation Workshop: Learning to See, Unlearning to Judge
E. Example of a Problem Aligned to the Common Core State
F. Alex's Host Teacher Preperation Form
G. Alex's Student Slides
H: Alex's Student Email Response


"What Vivian Troen and Kitty Boles have done in this book is…the use of rounds as a dedicated learning environment for teachers. This book provides the scaffolding and support that teachers can use, on their own, or in an organized fashion as part of more systemic strategy, to create the infrastructure necessary to bring collective learning deliberately and explicitly into the daily life of teachers. Troen and Boles stress in many places in this book the importance of rounds as a cultural-building practice.  For me, this is the central contribution they make. Rounds is not simply a practice; it is a practice in the service of building a professional culture."

Richard F. Elmore, Professor of Educational Leadership
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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