Session Description: Regardless of how advanced the technology innovation, the demand for high-quality teachers remains strong. Great teaching doesn’t happen by chance, nor does it happen at scale without a strong strategy and structure underlying it. Audience members joined this lunchtime session for a dialogue about this important topic with the authors of two new books about effective teaching — both of which are being talked about across the country and influencing the national conversation about how teaching leads to student achievement: Steven Farr of Teaching as Leadership: The Highly Effective Teacher’s Guide to Closing the Achievement Gap and Doug Lemov of Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College. Speakers:
Julie Mikuta, Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund (moderator)
Steven Farr, Chief Knowledge Officer, Teach For America
Doug Lemov, Managing Director, Uncommon Schools
Part 1: In this video, Julie Mikuta introduces Steven Farr and Doug Lemov. Then, Farr talks about the shift in understanding about a teacher’s impact on their students’ achievement and his work in investigating what distinguishes our country’s most effective teachers.
Part 2: In this video, Farr discusses the different patterns he observed in the classrooms of highly effective teachers in research for his book Teaching as Leadership: The Highly Effective Teacher’s Guide to Closing the Achievement Gap.
Part 3: In this video, Farr continues his discussion on the patterns he observed in the classrooms of highly effective teachers.
Part 4: In this video, Doug Lemov discusses his own research into the techniques of highly effective teachers and his book Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College.
Part 5: In this video, Lemov uses video clips to demonstrate “Cold Call,” “No Opt Out,” “Positive Framing,” and “Tight Transitions,” 4 of the 49 techniques he observed in the classrooms of highly effective teachers.
Part 6: In this video, Lemov discusses the big takeaways from his research into what makes a highly effective teacher. Then, Mikuta opens the floor to question from the audience. LaVerne Srinivasan from New Leaders for New Schools asks about the depth of implementation of these techniques within schools.
Part 7: In this video, Julie Mikuta asks Doug Lemov to discuss the process of collecting video of effective teachers in the classroom. Next, Chad Vignola from New Visions for Public Schools asks about the use of video for identification and training in highly effective techniques in the high school setting. Then, Brian Greenberg from Envision Schools asks about how their work has impacted the teacher selection process at their organizations.
Part 8: In this video, Milton Chen from The George Lucas Educational Foundation asks about the possibility of a parallel set of student techniques to improve learning.
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