Teach 360

What is Teach 360?

Teach 360 is a first of its kind research project that seeks to study how reliably we can predict the future performance of a teacher based upon a brief period of teaching early in his or her career. The results of this study will expand the body of knowledge available to inform state and national efforts to recruit, develop and retain great teachers! As schools across the country act with urgency to ensure every student has access to an effective teacher, we believe Teach 360 will provide a research basis for making decisions that are critical to the success of our students and education professionals everywhere.

The Teach 360 project proposes to tackle a critical issue: how to dramatically improve the quality of the pipeline of teachers who enter the profession and, as a result, accelerate student achievement. Early identification of effectiveness would then allow resources to be focused upon supporting teachers, rather than identifying, remediating, and dismissing ineffective teachers.

Policy Goals

  • Identify the elements of teacher practice that best predict long-term effectiveness.
  • Understand the role that feedback plays in the process of creating and identifying teachers that are effective in the long term.
  • Understand how teacher beliefs about their own practice comport with those of external observers.
  • Understand how self-efficacy and expectation correlate with later success in the classroom.

Applications for Colorado

  • Use these predictors and other findings from the study to inform educator preparation, licensure, and induction in Colorado.
  • Develop a teacher recruitment process using a summer school model that identifies the candidates most likely to be highly effective in the future.

Local decision-making

  • Districts can focus on supporting and retaining highly effective teachers rather than identifying, remediating, and dismissing ineffective teachers.
  • Resources can be more targeted towards teachers that may require the greatest support.

Benefits to schools and individual teachers

  • Teacher support needs can be identified earlier in their career.
  • Preparation and induction programs can better align to the needs of early career teachers.
    • Teachers will receive immediate feedback early in their first year of teaching.  First-year teachers will have access to videos of their instruction within weeks of the beginning of the year. They can use these videos to reflect on their own practice and may share these videos with anyone they choose.
    • Teachers will use first-of-its-kind technology created specifically for this study that will be donated to the district at the conclusion of the project. 

Teach 360 is collecting evidence about the performance of first year teachers during the first quarter of instruction.  The multiple measures of performance include:

  • 4 video-taped lessons that are rated by trained observers using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) rubric (for information about CLASS, visit www.teachstone.org);
  • A student perception survey (for information about the student perception survey, visit www.colegacy.org/studentsurvey);
  • A teacher perception survey developed in partnership with Dr. Dan Goldhaber and the Center for Education Data and Research, CEI’s research partner on this project; and
  • Individual student scores on benchmark assessments administered by the school district in the subjects which the participating teachers teach (Math or English Language Arts in Grades 4-10)

CEI will track the performance of participating teachers using state assessment data and district evaluation scores through their third year of teaching.

  • Three android devices
  • 1 Lavaliere microphone
  • 2 tripods
  • 1 wide angle lens
  • 1 hard case with combination lock (the case is smaller than a bread box!)

Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) was a project that studied over 3,000 teachers across the country to build and test measures that provide teachers with information about their effectiveness and skills and to help districts identify and develop great teaching. MET released three reports over the course of the study that have directly informed the development of Teach 360.

Our research partner, Dr. Dan Goldhaber from the Center for Education Data and Research, has released several studies on teacher effectiveness and related policy implications. Several of these studies have impact on the quantitative data analysis being used for Teach 360.

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) rubric was selected to rate the teacher videos because of both its research and development process and its validity and reliability. It is broadly used in thousands of classrooms across the country.


 For more information about Teach 360, contact Amy Spicer, Director of Research & Impact

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