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Teachers learn, grow, create, and perform better when they engage with other teachers who are also constantly striving to become better and better at what they do. This is from Chapter 14 in How to Lead Teachers to Become Great about how school leaders can help teachers use data to reflect student progress.

In performance-driven classrooms, teachers constantly reflect on how well their students are learning. Teachers know that their success should be measured by how well their students have learned rather than how well they think they have taught.

Colleague Melissa Matarazzo was “tweeting on the fly” about goal setting and performance-driven classrooms during her visit to the School District of Menomonee Falls (WI) yesterday.



In this district, teachers collect and analyze information about student learning. These data help them know if and when they need to re-teach the content, provide more practice, and coach more. Teachers also serve as coaches to each other and engage in focused conversations about their strategies for reinforcing student learning in their classrooms. The result is captured in this Matarazzo Tweet:



Get started or continue building a performance driven classroom by engaging in a dialogue with your colleagues about goal setting, measurement, and performance improvement.





Melissa Matarazzo is a coach and consultant for educational leaders and a Research Fellow at Studer Education. She is a Doctoral Candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Follow her on Twitter @LrngLdr.

Visit the School District of Menomonee Falls website at http://www.sdmfschools.org/. Learn more about how its teachers build performance-driven classrooms at PDSA.

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