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 Learning Walks Helping Shape Student Learning

​Groups of educators and administrators recently had an opportunity to visit classrooms to get a look at areas of focus and help shape future professional development opportunities as part of “learning walks” at Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) campuses.

The first round of walks was in September at North County Technology and Science Academy, Breaking Cycles, Monarch School and Sarah Anthony School.

Last month, JCCS teachers and administrators as well as staff from the Learning and Leadership Services (LLS) division conducted a second round of walks at the same schools.

For the learning walk at Sarah Anthony School, LLS Senior Director Jean Madden-Cazares broke the group of approximately 15 individuals into “educator teams” and let them know that their priority was to observe and engage with students about their learning.

“We were collectively impressed with students’ willingness and ability to talk about their thinking and learning,” said Stacy Spector, JCCS executive director. “It was also clear that many of our teachers have begun to implement strategies from the Common Core State Standards professional development.”

Participants were there to observe—not to evaluate. It was up to them to gather descriptive evidence of what they saw and heard in relation to SDCOE’s areas of focus. Once the walk was completed, the educator teams had the opportunity to share their observations and identify patterns and trends. Additional walks are planned this year.