How to Observe Teachers Without Bias

Equity expert Michael Lowe will show you how bias affects teacher observations, feedback, and evaluations. You will learn how to measure instruction equitably.

What You'll Learn

  • How can you observe teaching and give accurate teacher feedback?
  • How is your view of instructional practices distorted?
  • Why does bias lead to lower test scores and affect marginalized students?
  • What specific steps can you take to remove bias from the evaluation process?
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Training Overview

Are your teacher observations biased? Learn how to conduct equitable observations.

Before you complete teacher observations for this school year, you must ensure your process and practices are fair and equitable.

Significant bias has contributed to lower classroom observation scores for thousands of teachers in the U.S. over the last decade. Even when controlling for differences in professional qualifications and student testing performance, male and African American teachers were rated lower than their female and white colleagues.

  • How can you observe teaching and give accurate teacher feedback?
  • How is your view of instructional practices distorted?
  • Why does bias lead to lower test scores and affect marginalized students?
  • What specific steps can you take to remove bias from the evaluation process?
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Who Should Attend?
  • Superintendents
  • District administrators
  • Faculty union representatives
  • Charter school board members
  • Principals
  • Assistant principals
  • Personnel and human resources directors
  • Special education directors
  • Department chairs
  • Clinical staff
  • Program directors
  • Curriculum specialists
  • Education nonprofit groups
  • Community engagement professionals
  • School leaders
  • Educators
  • Teachers
  • Learning strategists
  • Literacy coaches
  • Future teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Student services directors
What's included
Training includes
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All resources and training materials
About

Expert Presenter

Michael Lowe
  • Chief equity officer for Shelby County Schools in Tennessee
  • Served as a regional superintendent and middle school principal in Memphis
  • Focuses on culturally responsive teaching and equity in student work
  • Bachelor of Science in elementary education from the University of Memphis
  • Education specialist and doctorate degree in leadership and instruction from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee