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Takeaways from “Greenhouse Schools” by TNTP

posted Mar 31, 2012, 4:02 PM by Rick Winter   [ updated Mar 31, 2012, 4:11 PM ]

Principals need to diagnose areas for improvement in instructional culture, and create, implement, and monitor a plan in order to retain top teachers and improve student learning according to a TNTP survey of 4,800 teachers in 250 schools. The plan should include a common vision, clear expectations, and commitment to improving everyone’s effective teaching practices. Suggestions for getting to this exceptional instructional culture include: a rigorous hiring process, teachers set measurable student achievement goals with the principal, significantly more observations and useful feedback by the principal than average, peer observation and planning time, and advancement of successful teachers and removing low-performing teachers. 

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