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									PEER-TEACHER OBSERVATIONS FOSTER
         COLLABORATION


        HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL
              CLINT ISD
           EL PASO, TEXAS

       RAMON LOZANO, PRINCIPAL
          (RAMON.LOZANO@CLINT.NET)
PRESENTERS

 Ramon Lozano, Principal
 Annette Loomis, Assistant Principal

 Richard Lopez, Assistant Principal

 Marina Silva, ELA Team Chair

 Alfredo Jurado, Math Team Chair

 Dr. Sharon Morrow, TAP
WORKSHOP GOALS

 Learn how to implement a peer teacher
  observation initiative
 Dialogue and ask questions of participating
  teachers and administrators
 Learn about the importance of collaboration to
  climate and learning environment
OVERVIEW OF HORIZON
 4-A High School
 83 Teachers
 1,327 Students
 90% Economically Disadvantaged
 23% Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population
 8% Special Education (SPED) Population
 95% Hispanic Population
 3% White Population
 1% African American Population
AYP STATUS

   Stage 2, Year 2 for Reading Performance on
    ELA TAKS (Economically Disadvantaged)

    Economically Disadvantaged Reading Performance

                  2007        2008         2009
       10th
                  59%          76%         81%
     Reading
READING TAKS SUMMARY 2007-2009

                2007    2008     2009
 10th   Grade
                (60%)   (60%)    (67%)
 All Students   62%      77%      81%

  Hispanic      62%      77%      80%

  Econ. Dis.    59%      76%      81%

     LEP        25%      49%      53%
                70%      55%       6%
    SPED
                SDAA    TAKS-A   TAKS-A
MATH TAKS SUMMARY 2007-2009

                2007    2008     2009
 10th   Grade
                (50%)   (50%)    (58%)
All Students    56%      57%      63%

  Hispanic      54%      55%      63%

 Econ. Dis.     56%      56%      66%

    LEP         38%      17%      42%
                85%      27%       0%
   SPED
                SDAA    TAKS-A   TAKS-A
WHAT IS COLLABORATION?

 “A systematic process in which we work
 together, interdependently, to analyze and
 impact professional practice in order to
 improve our individual and collective
 results”

                 --DuFour, DuFour, & Eaker (2002)
WHY DID WE COLLABORATE?

 Shared best practices
 Shared accountability

 Shared curriculum

 Appreciate the professionalism of peers
     Identify teacher strengths
     Build trust among teachers

   Collegial relationships support student learning
 PEER-TEACHER OBSERVATION
 AT HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL
 Rationale
   Provide time for teachers to learn best practices
    from each other to improve student performance
   Master schedule did not provide time for
    collaborative teaming
   Develop cohesiveness within each team

   Build confidence and appreciation in each other’s
    skills
 PEER-TEACHER OBSERVATION
 AT HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL
 Process
   Selected  10th grade core teachers by content area
   Scheduled observations during instructional day
   Each content area scheduled on a different day
   Substitutes were hired to cover classes
   Teachers selected the class period and
    instructional strategy to model
   Classroom observation protocol determined by
    observed teacher
   Last period used for observers to reflect and
    provide positive feedback on observation
PEER-TEACHER OBSERVATION
AT HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL
   Procedure
     One week prior to observation, teachers selected
      class period and strategy for model lesson
     Prior to observations, observation group met and
      administrators stressed that every teacher was to be
      observed only for “what worked” in the classroom.
     Each teacher was observed for the entire 45 minute
      class period while peers took notes and interacted
      with students.
     Observation group moved from class to class
      according to the schedule
SAMPLE OBSERVATION SCHEDULE
English/Language Arts II Peer Teacher Observation Schedule
               Thursday, February 5, 2009
  Period        Time     Teacher
  1st       8:30-9:20    Mrs. Figueroa-Osmond
  2nd       9:25-10:05   Mrs. Cager
  3rd      10:10-11:00   Ms. Cuellar
  4A       11:05-11:45   Lunch (Together as a group off campus)
  4B       11:50-12:40   Ms. Billings
  5th       12:45-1:30   Conference
  6th       1:35-2:20    Mrs. Kilkenny
  7th        2:25-3:10   Mr. Williams (ESL 2)
  8th       3:15-4:00    Reflection & Feedback
 PEER-TEACHER OBSERVATION
 AT HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL
 Feedback
   Each  observer provided one positive comment to
    the observed teacher.
   Team Chairs recorded the comments on a
    reflection sheet.
   Administrators provided comment and evaluation
    summaries.
   Each teacher chose one new strategy that they
    would commit to use within the next six weeks.
   Each teacher filled out a written evaluation
    consisting of three open-ended questions.
 HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL EVALUATION
 QUESTIONS & RESPONSES
What did you like best about our peer
observations today?
“The observations provided a fantastic forum to
[observe] the strategies that veteran teachers
use…”
“Building a rapport with the other teachers in
the department. Observing master teachers in
action. Acquiring new strategies for my
repertoire.”
 HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL EVALUATION
 QUESTIONS & RESPONSES
What one thing would you change/add to
improve the process?
“The notice was really short.”

“Implement it more often during the year.
Maybe during the conference period.”
“Include constructive criticism.”
 HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL EVALUATION
 QUESTIONS & RESPONSES
What would you share with your peers about the
peer observation experience?
“It is a great learning experience and very
motivational! I was apprehensive, but it was
awesome!”
“Very enjoyable. Great learning
practice/activity. Gives you a chance to get a real
feel for what is going on in our department.”
HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL FEEDBACK TO THE
OBSERVED TEACHER
“Student    participation was very good, tossing a
rubber ball to select students to answer questions
[was effective]. The use of technology was very
good; Smart Notebook [software] was used to
illustrate the different geometric shapes. Students
enjoyed …interactive lesson. Participation was
evident...”
“The use of higher order thinking skills was
evident. You could see the rapport. The
teacher/student relationship is very positive.”
 PEER-TEACHER OBSERVATION
 AT HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL
 Obstacles
   Apprehension   that this activity would detract from
    classroom routine.
   One more thing to do in a year with many things to
    do.
   Fear of peer criticism.

   Activity was outside of traditional teacher comfort
    zone.
 PEER-TEACHER OBSERVATION
 AT HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL
 Added Value
   More   teachers in the classroom for student support
    during the observation.
   Teachers committed to incorporate an observed
    strategy into repertoire.
   Support for first year teachers.

   Built trust and opened lines of communication.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
CONTACT INFORMATION
                       Horizon High School
                     14651 Horizon Boulevard
                      El Paso, Texas 79928
                         (915) 926-4200

   Ramon Lozano, Principal - ramon.lozano@clint.net
   Annette Loomis, Assistant Principal - annette.loomis@clint.net
   Richard Lopez, Assistant Principal – richard.lopez@clint.net
   Marina Silva, ELA Team Chair – marina.silva@clint.net
   Alfredo Jurado, Math Team Chair – alfredo.jurado@clint.net
   Dr. Sharon Morrow, TAP – symorrow@aol.com

								
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