Why Do I Need Classroom Observations?
Classroom observations provide an opportunity to gain new insights into what’s happening in classrooms and allow school leaders to:
- gauge school climate,
- assess teachers’ instructional practices,
- assess student engagement,
- identify and share best practices with staff, and
- better understand teacher’s professional development needs.
Working with Via Evaluation will provide an independent, external perspective on classroom environments in your school(s) that is based on current best practices in the field of education.
Why Should I Work with Via/Benefits of Working with Via on Product
Via Evaluation has extensive experience in evaluating educational activities. Evaluators at Via Evaluation have practical classroom experience and advanced degrees in education, that help them conduct high-quality classroom observations and provide meaningful feedback to clients.
Where possible, Via Evaluation utilizes validated tools, aligned to state and instructional standards. For example, evaluators at Via Evaluation have used the Horizon Research Classroom Observation Protocol to assess Math and Science instruction and the New York State Quality Assurance Protocol to evaluate Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) programs. The Pre-K tool is directly aligned to New York State Pre-K standards and is used by the State as an observation tool.
One client provided the following feedback after working with Via Evaluation to complete Pre-K classroom observations:
“I expected to receive suggestions and constructive criticism on our Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 programs. This feedback would help us to better prepare for our State review. Via exceeded my expectations. Honest feedback, good rapport with the Via Evaluator. Great job, I look forward to working with Via in the future.”
If you choose to have Via Evaluation conduct classroom observations, we will:
- participate in an initial meeting with school leaders to determine the goals and specific focus of the classroom observations;
- select or tailor an observation protocol specific to the interests of school leaders or regulatory requirements;
- complete the classroom observations;
- debrief with school leaders;
- provide school leaders with tips for sharing observation results with teachers; and
- provide a user-friendly final report, including a summary of findings, best practices observed, and actionable recommendations tailored to your instructional goals.
Sample Data Viz