Building Trust

Teacher Video Selfie

Best Foot Forward Toolkit, Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University
A self-guided module to help teachers analyze videos of their own instruction.

Effects of a Video-Based Teacher Observation Program on the De-privatization of Instruction: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment

Best Foot Forward Toolkit, Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University
Research paper that discusses the BFF project and its findings: (1)caused administrators to broker more peer support among teachers (2)made teachers more likely to share lesson videos with colleagues (3) led teachers to have more of their lessons seen by other teachers, and redistributed which teachers were providing instructional support to colleagues. Results also suggest that video technology may be an effective tool for efforts to improve instruction by increasing peer observation and support.

Letter to Teachers: Benefits of Video Observations

Best Foot Forward Toolkit, Center for Educational Policy Research at Harvard University
A sample letter from school leaders to teachers, proposing video as an observation tool and highlighting its teacher-centered nature, along with a list of common questions and answers around privacy and video use.

A Clearer View of the Classroom

Deborah Yaffe, District Administration Magazine
An article which ties together the movement towards creating genuine teacher learning systems and the importance of video coaching as a tool to increase rigor, accountability, and growth. The article references the Best Food Forward Project, and emphasizes the importance of taking the time to build trust and buy-in to video as a professional learning tool in classrooms.

Reflection and Response Guidelines

Jill Wood and David Allen, Kansas State University
Guidelines to help teachers as they begin to analyze their own videos and identify coachable elements, which also includes potential questions that a teacher can ask themselves to better analyze and reflect on their own practice.

Giving Effective Feedback Conversation Script

Uncommon Schools
A detailed coaching script that outlines a conversation around the teacher's goals, and includes potential framing text that a coach can use to encourage teachers to become more reflective around their own instruction.

Video Study Group Sample Meeting Agenda

SAAL Continua, West Ed
A sample meeting agenda for a teacher-led video study group, oriented around providing feedback around a teacher's personally identified learning goals, with supportive strategies peers can employ to keep conversations centered around the areas of growth.

Get Better Faster Scope and Sequence

Uncommon Schools
A 90-day professional development framework, detailing strategies to improve both instructional rigor and management, as well as how to effectively build upon previous skills and understandings.

Dealing with Distractions While Using Video Models

Emily Doyle, Teachstone
Helpful tips for how to move through a coaching session while staying focused on the learning objective, such as basic strategies around how to keep the conversation productive, without falling into common pitfalls.

Learning Within the Video Study Group

West Ed
An article outlining strategies for promoting learning with video-based teacher study groups, which also highlights the SAAL Continua, a tool used for teacher self-assessment, and describes important protocols to help create professional working groups.

Video Club Start-Up Guide

Best Foot Forward Toolkit, Center for Educational Policy Research at Harvard University
Important considerations to start building a video club in your school or district by using the 7 "P"s from the book, Gamestorming (Pre-screen, Purpose, People, Prep, Process, Pitfalls, and Practical concerns).