Annotated Bibliography of Resources for Educational Reform, Coherent Teaching Practice, and Improved Student Learning

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  • Lewis, A. C. (1998). Teachers in the driver's seat. The Harvard Educational Letter, 14 (2), 1-4.

When teachers look at student work together and talk about how it could be better, they become student focused. This is not an easy process, but Lewis says that three things have made it more possible: a political and policy climate that wants proof that students are learning to high standards; reform efforts that encourage teachers to share responsibility for student success; and the emergence of a research base that is giving teachers better clues as to how to move to higher levels of learning. With the development of state and national standards, teachers are finding it beneficial to get together to discuss the standards and what high-quality student work looks like. This has become an effective form of professional development as conversations move from student work to students to subject areas to teaching and learning. The use of a formal protocol is advised for groups beginning to look at student work.

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