Claudia Edwards, graduate coordinator for the Cameron University School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, is the co-author of a new educational book, “Engaging Teachers in Classroom Walkthroughs.” The 170-page volume was recently published by ASCD, the second-largest educational organization in the country, and is aimed at K-12 teachers and school administrators. Edwards and co-authors Donald Kachur and Judy Stout wrote the book as a follow-up to their 2010 volume, “Classroom Walkthroughs to Improve Teaching and Learning.”
“Engaging Teachers in Classroom Walkthroughs” is a practical guide to planning and implementing brief but focused classroom observations that involve teachers in every step of the process. Drawing from their study of 40 schools in the United States and Canada, the authors relate how administrators and teacher-leaders moved fellow teachers from resisting to embracing the practice of becoming the observers as well as the observed in classroom walkthroughs.
Readers will learn how to:
- Foster a school culture that supports teacher walkthroughs.
- Implement the components of successful walkthroughs, such as focus and “look-fors,” data collection methods, and meaningful follow-up strategies.
- Get all teachers involved and actively participating.
- Evaluate the walkthrough process and measure its effectiveness.
- Use walkthroughs to support professional development related to the Common Core State Standards
The book demonstrates that when teachers learn from one another in a cycle of continuous professional growth—through observation, shared inquiry, dialogue, and follow-up—they develop a sense of collegiality and a common mission. By opening their doors to their peers, they also contribute to broader school improvement efforts that positively affect teaching and learning throughout the school.
Edwards joined the Cameron staff in 2007 following a 29-year career as a public school teacher. During her teaching career, she was an assessor for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, a staff developer and a mentor for interns and entry year teachers. She earned her B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from Cameron.
October 7, 2013