Teachscape Focus

Ensure observers provide educators with consistent, meaningful feedback about classroom observations to support professional growth and accurate teacher evaluations

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Overview

Teachscape Focus provides classroom observers with training and calibration on teaching frameworks so that they can accurately evaluate teaching practice and provide meaningful feedback.

Build confidence in evaluations

Focus empowers observers to grow as instructional leaders by deepening observation skills and knowledge. Initial training and assessment, ongoing calibration, scoring practice, and recertification establish inter­rater reliability and engage observers in a cycle of continuous growth. Educators can trust the feedback they receive from principals, administrators, university supervisors, and peer observers.

Focus supports Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching (FfT) and custom frameworks developed by districts and educator preparation programs. Focus for Danielson features videos from real­life classrooms with master scores and rationales from experts.

Features

Focus for Danielson

  • Online training
  • Scoring practice
  • A rigorous proficiency assessment
  • Calibration
  • Recertification assessment
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Focus Engine

  • Calibration
  • Scoring practice
  • Observer training
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Features

Teachscape Focus provides classroom observers with training and calibration on teaching frameworks so that they can accurately evaluate teaching practice and provide meaningful feedback.

  • Focus for Danielson

    Created in partnership with Charlotte Danielson and ETS. Develop observation skills and deepen fluency in the Framework for Teaching.

    • Observer Training: Develop Observer Expertise

      Increase observer reliability and accuracy in identifying and scoring evidence of teaching practice according to the Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument for individual and collaborative learning.

      • More than 20 hours of training and over 100 master-scored videos with rationales written by experts in the Framework for Teaching
      • Covers all 4 domains of the FfT
      • Videos show teaching in grades K-12 and multiple subject areas (English language arts, math, science and social studies)
      • Videos include scoring rationales from experts, benchmark videos and rangefinder videos
      • Training modules for minimizing bias and orienting teachers to the observation process and the Framework for Teaching

      High and low range finder videos in Focus help observers understand where the cut-offs are for the middle performance levels (Levels 2 and 3, or Basic and Proficient). This is a Level 3 (Proficient) high range finder video for Component 2c: Managing Classroom Procedures.

    • Scoring Practice: Apply Skills with Classroom Video

      Prepare observers for real-world classroom observations by viewing and scoring videos of authentic classroom lessons

      • Practice videos cover English language arts, math, and social studies or science
      • Includes videos in grade levels K-5, 6-8, K-8, 9-12, and K-12
      • Each practice video includes master score and rationale for each component written by experts in the Framework in Teaching
      • Scoring accuracy reports identify specific components requiring additional training


    • Proficiency Assessment: Assess Observation Skills

      Establish trust and confidence in observers’ understanding of the Framework for Teaching and ability to score teaching practice accurately.

      • Rigorous, psychometrically valid assessment measures observers’ proficiency in assessing classroom practice
      • Five test versions: elementary, middle school, high school, K-8 and K-12
      • Videos from multiple content areas, including English language arts, math, science, and social studies
      • Proficiency analysis reports for district administrators and pass reports for observers
      • Sub-skills report provides observers with feedback on specific areas of observation they may need to develop
    • Calibration: Maintain Observation Skills

      Eliminate rater drift while deepening fluency in the Framework for Teaching to ensure ongoing observer accuracy

      • Up to nine calibration exercises per year that take about an hour to complete and include two 15-minute master-scored videos
      • Covers 8 observable components of the Framework for Teaching
      • Instant feedback comparing observer scores and rationales to those of experts, along with recommendations for improving accuracy
      • Tips on how to coach observers based on their scoring results


    • Recertification: Re-assess Observation Skills

      Re-establish scoring skills of observers who have passed the Proficiency Assessment for maximum trust and confidence in ongoing observer accuracy

      • Assessment created in partnership with Charlotte Danielson and ETS that takes 2.5 hours to complete
      • Four master-scored, grade-band-specific classroom videos covering all performance levels and a variety of subjects
      • Proficiency analysis reports for district administrators and pass reports for observers

      Download ETS Issue Brief about Recertification

  • Focus Engine

    Develop and deliver online calibration and training for observers using any evaluation framework to ensure accurate evaluations, consistent feedback and ultimately better teaching

    • Online Calibration and Training for Observers

      • Calibrate with video-based formative and summative assessments of observer skills
      • Practice gathering, interpreting and scoring evidence of teaching with video
      • Build observers’ knowledge and skills in any teaching evaluation framework with multimedia online learning resources
      • Personalize training and calibration content according to individual needs of observers
      • Track observer performance and progress with rich reporting


    • Develop and Deliver District Content

      • Incorporate district, state and other custom content into training and calibration, including videos of local classrooms
      • Access all observation training materials in one easy place by adding relevant district links, documents, PDFs, Powerpoints and other files to the system
      • Use district terminology and language throughout system
    • Supplement with Teachscape Content

      Establish trust and confidence in observers’ understanding of the Framework for Teaching and ability to score teaching practice accurately.

      • Library of 70 classroom videos that can be master scored and incorporated into calibration, scoring practice and training
      • Teachscape training resources about critical observation skills, including Minimizing Bias module developed by ETS

Training

Teachscape's half- and full-day training sessions help new users start using Teachscape Focus for Danielson and learn how to use the system effectively in their daily work.

With face-to-face and webinar options, this interactive training is tailored to the group attending— observers, teacher trainers, district leaders or mixed groups. Half-day, face-to-face training sessions can be provided for up to two cohorts per day.

  • Full-day training for observers and district leaders: Participants are introduced to the training modules, scoring practice, and reporting guides. Observers also learn test-taking strategies and discuss calibration and feedback.
  • Half-day training for observers, teacher trainers, and district leaders: Participants are introduced to the training modules, scoring practice, and reporting guides.

Format: Full-day face-to-face facilitated training. Half-day includes 3 hours of facilitated face-to-face training (two sessions per day), or up to 3 hours of webinar

Group size: Cohort of up to 25 participants

Higher Ed

Align educator preparation around a common language and understanding of teaching effectiveness across higher education and K-12.

  • Ensure teacher candidates receive consistent, meaningful, responsive feedback on their instruction according to the Framework for Teaching from university supervisors, professors and mentor teachers
  • Train education leadership candidates to conduct accurate classroom observations and coach their teachers using the Framework for Teaching
  • Engage university staff and mentor teachers with ongoing professional growth opportunities in conducting observations and applying the Framework for Teaching

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For any teacher evaluation framework besides the Framework for Teaching

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Teachscape Focus has changed our focus from being a manager in a building to becoming an instructional leader to really look at classroom practices.Dean DeSantisPrincipal, Syracuse City School District