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Chris B

Academy for Urban School Leadership

Watching video of my practice with colleagues changed my life as a teacher. I was a very basic teacher early in my career when I joined a cohort of six teachers working together for a year to achieve National Board Certification. These weekly sessions where we shared short glimpses of our practice allowed me to experience dozens of strategies that I never saw in my own school. At a time when it was rare for administrators to set aside time to visit and learn from teachers within our schools, video provided opportunities to see how other middle school reading teachers managed discussions. I saw how they circulated with intention and provided ample time for students to dig in texts for new meaning. The examples of my own practice that I provided improved over time due to the safety of our cohort. We were critical, but cordial. Video is a powerful tool when teachers provide a safe space to reflect and provide honest feedback.

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5 Years Ago

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Kip H Community Guide

Oldham County High School, ECET2; ECET2KY; Hope Street Group

Hi Chris, welcome to the RDC! Group collaboration to improve practice is so important and I love the idea of weekly sessions to share strategies. I am curious how you all managed the sessions and reflected. Did everyone watch the video together or did you all meet virtually? What was the reflection process like?

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