The following provides an example of services/coursework provided by McKay Consulting:
You Don't Have to Be Bad to Get Better: Practical Ideas and Strategies for School Leaders
What do school leaders need to know and do to improve teacher quality? How are they able to effect changes in teaching practice that has remained virtually the same for decades?
Based on the book, You Don't Have to Get Better: A Leader's Guide to Improving Teacher Quality, this practical session offers school leaders at every level the guidance, specific tools and resources they need to increase teacher—and student—success. School leaders will develop:
- Strategies for transitioning from a culture of fear and criticism to a culture of learning
- Essential skills that move teaching from good to great
- Professional conversation strategies that impact teaching and learning
- A blueprint that builds capacity for continuous teacher learning and collaboration
Classroom Observations: Collecting and Interpreting Evidence of Practice
Observer: "I know good teaching when I see it."
Teacher: "I never know what my principal is looking for, so I just play it safe."
Classroom observation is a key element of many programs designed to evaluate the quality of teaching. How can we improve this process, so that it cultivates and develops good teaching, while providing needed assurances for teacher quality? Using the nationally recognized Framework for Teaching, participants develop skills needed to identify and collect evidence of teaching using video practice. The session will include an opportunity to use the Danielson Framework rubrics to interpret evidence of teaching and identify levels of performance. This training is essential for building administrators and school leaders who conduct observations and evaluations.
Calibrating Classroom Observations: Improving Reliability and Consistency
This session provides an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of how the teaching standards and components are evidenced in classroom observations. They will sharpen their skills in using evidence based observation techniques to collect, interpret and score evidence of teaching using video practice and peer conversations.
Participants will practice applying their observation skills to review and calibrate classroom observations using a scoring rubric designed specifically for this purpose. As a result, they will be able to review and score completed observation reports to determine their reliability and accuracy. This training is essential for administrators and school leaders at every level who conduct observations and oversee evaluations.
Thoughtful Conversations for Teacher Learning and School Improvement
This session engages educators at all levels in how to lead and engage in reflective conversations that focus on teaching and learning. Using a protocol presented in McKay's book You Don't Have to Be Bad to Get Better, participants will enhance their ability to provide feedback, ask the right questions and promote teacher reflection and learning following a classroom visit. Onsite building visits to practice implementing this protocol follow the training session. This is a great learning opportunity for teams of teachers, instructional coaches and building administrators.
Understanding the Framework for Teaching
This workshop provides with an overview of Danielson's Framework for Teaching, a research-based definition of effective teaching, adopted by several states, and hundreds of school districts across the country. The Framework may be used for many purposes, but its full value is realized as the foundation for professional learning and growth. Participants will explore and deepen their understanding of the components, elements and rubrics of the Framework, engage in professional conversations and consider how the Framework can be used as a tool for teacher evaluation and professional growth.
Building District Capacity to Implement the Framework: A Turnkey Training for Teacher Leaders
Districts using the Framework for Teaching rubrics for teacher evaluation and professional growth need to provide training for teachers and school leaders that develop their understanding of the domains, components, elements and performance levels. This training series will prepare teachers and school leaders to deliver this training to colleagues in their own district. Participants will receive activities, materials and leader notes that will enable them to lead the training throughout the year. Training sessions will include tips for presenters on the best strategies to engage adult learners and time for district teams to plan for the training in their buildings.
Evidence Beyond the Classroom: Collecting Artifacts of Teaching
Not all components of teaching can be measured through classroom observations. This session for teachers focuses on the collection of artifacts of teaching and learning in areas that extend beyond the classroom, capturing the tools, strategies and resources created as part of their practice. Teachers will consider ways to document their professional growth, contributions to school and community, communications with families, instructional design, student assessments, and records of student progress. Newly revised State teaching standards and regulations require a review of components of teaching, both in and beyond the classroom. This session empowers teachers to document their growth throughout the year.
Developing Professional Goals
This session introduces a process for teachers to develop professional growth goals that may be included as part of a comprehensive teacher evaluation process. Beginning with a self-assessment of current practice, teachers create a growth plan that is relevant to their professional needs and impacts student learning. As a result, teachers engage in meaningful professional learning, many times in collaborative, collegial study groups. Empowering for all teachers, this model renews the commitment to professional learning for veteran teachers by offering diversity and choice in the types of goals they develop. For novice teachers, professional goals provide a sound structure to organize their path to professional mastery.