Basic Walk-Through Training
Many supervisors wonder about their leadership style: should they be collaborative? direct? reflective? Do their classroom visits really need to be 15 to 20 minutes in length? The answers to these and many other questions frequently asked by principals and mentors are answered in this seminar. This two-day training combines interactive approaches and practicum-style activities, during which time participants interact extensively with the instructor and each other and visit real classrooms. The Downey Walk-Through is a new, exciting approach to supervision that makes a powerful impact on student achievement, teaching, and supervisor/teacher relations—and the training can be conducted at your site.
The skills and information you will learn in this training include:
- How the 5-step Downey Walk-Through observation structure is implemented
- How Walk-Throughs and accompanying reflective conversations work with the appraisal process
- How the underlying premises of the approach, which is informal and non-judgmental in nature, focuses on the development of staff through reflective choice
- How the reflective conversation and question complements the classroom walk-throughs
- How reflective questions are phrased
- How dynamic, new “reflective conversation dialogues” are conducted
- How frequent classroom visitations and the walk-through process are supported by a strong research base
This seminar is for any educational leader responsible for mentoring and supervising teachers who desires to move that supervision to a new, collaborative, and ultimately effective level.