Student Instruction: Competency Model
Classroom Observation: Teacher Improvement
Analyzing My Use Of Research
UIP Knowledge Management
Organizing UIP Process, Data, & Resources
Classroom Observation: School-Level Analysis
Analyzing Classroom Variances Among Schools
Student Instruction: Instructional Support
Working The Plan
School Observation Findings
Classroom Observation Template
School Observation: Diagnostic Rubric
We operate a commercial-grade technology platform called Escent supporting the integrated suite of tools developed for our Student Instruction and Teacher/School/District practices. Every school we serve is given a customized portal into our platform providing them access to our tools and resources.
Our classroom observation toolkit, Collaborative Time In Learning (CTL), is an outgrowth of an idea of a teacher who wanted to explore how he could measure and improve his application of research in the classroom. Precision invested in the development of CTL because it supports an authentic continuous improvement approach for teachers. The intent is to:
Highly configurable, each school can produce it's own observation template and satisfy traditional observation practices as well. The capabilities built into CTL are needed to analyze classroom variances within and among schools. These capabilties do not exist today, anywhere.
Over 1200 SAT, ACT, and Common Core benchmarks comprise the foundation of our student instruction approach, and are critical to ensuring that growth is measured objectively, consistently, and in terms of the indicators that determine college readiness. The toolkit supports both internal school programs and our after-school instructional service, Precision Prep, allowing a school's instructional capacity to seamlessly expand beyond the school day.
Our best-in-class tool support standards-based performance improvement programs for districts and schools. Each school or district can tailor a performance observation and monitoring process around its particular priorities and circumstances.
Our tool facilitates the gathering of performance data within and among schools. Our analytics help ensure inter-rater reliability and illuminate key findings. Perfomance data are stored in a database so that progress can be objectively demonstrated. And because our platform supports a community of schools, collaboration is encouraged so that schools in need can learn from the exemplary performance of others.
Performance Standards: Over 130 Performance Indicators defined by the standards below are configured into our tool. Any subset of these can be the objective focus a school or districts observation and monitoring program.
The Evidence Map is an important output of our tool, summarizing the degree to which gathered data informs the analysis regarding the standards. The illustration below is an example from a Diagnostic Review spanning CO Standards for Continuous School Improvement. It shows, that 491 findings were captured in a 2-day site visit. And it shows the number of findings that each DR activity captured relative to each standard.
School Time Analysis (STA) is based upon the approach developed by the National Center on Time & Learning to better understand how schools are using time across a typical week and school year. Schools identify their use of time in three broad categories:
Time utilization may vary by student - biases may exist for different student groups. School time data analysis informs important conversations at schools that are seeking to optimize their schedule, maximize the time they have for student learning, and ensure equity across all student groups. Results are often illuminating and lead to modifications in the school's time budget and instructional program.
Our technology platform has a Resource Library containing multi-media files, work products, links, and data associated with our work with each school and district. Confidentiality is preserved for resources and data requiring it. However, many can be shared among schools and used as exemplars. A customized portal into our platform is created for every school we work with so that it becomes part of our collaborative community.
Knowledge Management Repository