Friday, June 9, 2017

Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning with Dr. Langer and Dr. Colton on The Dr. Will Show

On this episode, I hangout with Dr. Amy Colton and Dr. Georgea Langer and we chat about their book Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning.

Georgea M. Langer has a long history of work with teachers’ professional development. In her 24 years with the Eastern Michigan University Department of Teacher Education, she led several initiatives to improve teacher preparation and assessment, and was a middle school teacher.

In the 1980s, Georgea joined with Amy Colton to study and develop classroom teachers’ ability to define, assess, analyze, and reflect upon their pupils' learning as displayed in student work samples. This work culminated in the 2003 bestseller, Collaborative Analysis of Student Work: Improving Teaching and Learning, published by the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)Their most recent book, Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning, was published in 2015 by Corwin Press.

Georgea received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Research on Teaching) from Stanford University. She has published extensively in the areas of staff development (as Georgea M. Sparks), teacher education, and teachers’ reflective inquiry in journals such as the Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational Leadership, The Journal of Teacher Education, and The Journal of Staff Development. She is the co-author of two undergraduate teaching methods textbooks.

Amy Colton is a senior consultant for Learning Forward and Executive Director of Learning Forward Michigan. Amy’s work is influenced by her experience as a special education teacher and a district professional learning consultant. As a teacher-in-residence for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, she coordinated the development of the Board’s first teaching certificate. She engages district staff in a variety of learning experiences in support of their journey to cultural. In addition, Amy facilitates professional learning in the areas of: Collaborative Inquiry, Teacher Leadership, PLC development and the Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Professional Learning. Amy is the co-creator of the Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning, a collaborative inquiry process that engages teachers in the study of student work to improve their practice. Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning, was published in 2015 by Corwin PressHer work appears in publications including the The Learning Professional, ASCD, and Corwin Press. 

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