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Peer Observation Training, 2nd Edition
Becoming a peer observer can be a rewarding and fulfilling journey of professional growth and collaboration for both the peer observer and the observee. Completing this course begins your opportunity to grow and learn through experience with other educators. Kentucky's children will benefit from your commitment to promoting educator effectiveness through peer observation and feedback processes!
1. This course replaces the previous training requirement for peer observers: KET's Professional Learning for Peer Observers. Beginning Summer, 2016, peer observers should complete this updated course for initial certification, when current 3-year certifications expire, or as directed by district supervisors.
2. To successfully complete the full license/ certificate, made up of 4 individual learning cases, teachers will invest anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. All of which is based on the depth/ level of prior knowledge teachers are equipped with upon engaging in the experience.
3. A certificate generates when you successfully complete the four required modules with a minimum pass rate of 80% on the final assessments. You will be provided ample opportunity to interact with the material and to complete formative assessments along the way in preparation for the final "Prove-It!" contained in each case. Please do not omit these activities. When your certificate is generated, provide one copy for your principal and keep a copy for your records. The time stamp on the certificate will indicate the time the certificate was printed; it does not indicate the time that the course was completed.
4. Your principal and/or district administrator may access your course results to review item responses and verify that you have successfully completed all requirements for peer observer certification.
5. This course is designed to be responsive to individual learner needs. In Case 5, you will find references used throughout the cases as well as other KDE-approved extended learning resources.
As you work through the four required cases in the course, the following resources will be helpful:
Completion of Cases 1-4 is required for certification.This course contains five cases and various smaller elements, or sections, within each case.
Case 1: Introduction to Peer Observation
- Understand why peer observation is included in PGES
- Understand the requirements of peer observation
- Understand the benefits of peer observation
Case 2: The Pre-Conference
- Learn about the benefits of the pre-observation conference
- Use various methods for collegial contact
- Understand the importance of establishing an atmosphere of trust
- Focus on specific teacher goals as aligned with the Kentucky Framework for Teaching
Case 3: Time to Observe
- Understand how the peer observation process has evolved
- Contrast observation settings for teachers and other professionals
- Identify types of observation methods
- Gain knowledge of feedback criteria for reporting evidence
Case 4: The Post-Conference
- Understand the significance of the peer observation post conference
- Learn how to facilitate an effective collegial conversation
- Identify feedback criteria for evidenced-based interchanges
- Apply active listening and response skills during the post conversation
- Utilize feedback prompts to generate discussion
Case 5: Additional Resources
Although it is recommended that you complete the cases in the order listed, the online platform allows you to complete them in any order you choose and to revisit previously completed cases and elements.