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Watching Teachers Work: Using Observation Tools to Promote Effective Teaching in the Early Years and Early Grades

This report from the New America Foundation by Lisa Guernsey, and Susan Ochshorn, argues for improving early education through teacher reform. The report offers 17 recommendations to policymakers at all levels of government, as well as to educators and teacher-preparation programs. Among them: Use valid and reliable observation tools to identify, promote and reward good teaching; harness the power of these tools to integrate professional development with formal evaluation; and use observation-based assessments to promote PreK-3rd reforms, providing teachers with a common language for describing good teaching across pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and elementary schools.