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
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.