A custom web-based system is making for more thoughtful classroom observation

Instructional leaders need to know what is happening when the bell rings and the door closes -- in every classroom, in every building, every day. And the best way to do that is through careful but effective classroom observation. The challenge, then, is how to design a customizable, user-friendly system to observe classroom teaching that doesn’t seem like a top-down affair.

Just over five years ago, my organization, the Southwest Plains Regional Service Center in Kansas, set out to do just that, and to date, 13,572 teachers have been observed in...

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About the Author:

Dr. Kelly Gillespie, CEO, Southwest Plains Regional Service Center, Sublette, Kansas, conceptualized The Digital eWalkThrough System just over five years ago. Currently serving 80+ districts and universities, implementation is expanding across Kansas.