If you're not currently teaching, what are you focused on?:
Teacher-driven professional learning
How many years have you been teaching?:
I have been in education for 25 years.
I taught elementary school for 10 years and was a principal at three different elementary schools for 18 years. I am currently a director in Educational Support Services at the Sonoma County Office of Education. Some of the work that I have been engaged in since coming to SCOE is implementation of CCSS and NGSS; collaboration with the REEd Center at UC Davis to develop models of teacher-driven professional learning and reimagining teacher evaluation as a catalyst for continuous growth. I am committed to creating equitable learning environments for all students.
Thank you so much for sharing your model for peer coaching. It is so imperative to be able to have learning focused conversations in order to improve instruction. We have invited Laura Lipton to SCOE to do four days on Learning Focused Conversation very similar to your model with lots of specific questioning strategies. I think peer to peer coaching is some of the most powerful professional learning.
When I think about my own experience as a classroom teacher, I am certain that the times I was at my very best was when I was teaching through my passions and interests. Those classrooms experiences were the most rewarding for both myself as a teacher and my students as well. The thing that shines through is the sheer joy of learning.