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Teacher Peer Assistance and Review

Teacher Peer Assistance and Review
A Practical Guide for Teachers and Administrators

March 2001 | 192 pages | Corwin
This book is about developing a Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) programme, where teacher partnership through joint responsibility improves the quality of teaching, strengthens teacher professionalism, and ultimately, enhances student learning. Peer assistance helps both new and veteran teachers improve and update their knowledge and skills by linking them with "consulting teachers" who provide support through observation, modeling, and sharing of information.

Chapters 1 through 4 clearly define teacher peer assistance and review and why it is such a valuable tool for both teachers and administrators. The chapters guide us through the key concepts and major components of the programme, the good decision-making skills needed and asks many of the questions that must be answered in order to successfully implement this programme. Key players, their roles and responsibilities, methods, standards and criteria are also discussed at length. These concepts are skillfully drawn and will help all teachers and administrators from the most novice to the most senior raise the standards of their knowledge while improving the quality of learning for all students.

Useful Web sites, sample forms, job descriptions, and applications, and an example of an educational policy trust agreement offer practical how-to help. Both administrators and teachers interested in understanding and incorporating a Peer Assistance and Review program will find this book an essential guide.

What Is Teacher Peer Assistance and Review?
Ten Essential Questions Before You Begin
Criteria, Standards and Data
Defining the Roles, Relationships and Responsibilities of Key Players
Reporting and Using the Results
Best Practices

"The authors skillfully present the many ways a PAR approach can be tailored to a given district or school. This book provides a wealth of material to assist any principal, school, or district with its teacher improvement needs." 

Peter Airasian
Professor, Boston College, Boston, MA

"If you are ready for peer review, Anderson and Pellicer offer the model. If you are trying to make the decision, Teacher Peer Assistance and Review offers a realistic look at the pros and cons, the do’s and don’ts of this hot topic. A wonderful and unique addition to the literature! 

Anna Hicks McFadden, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations, Western Carolina University

"Anderson and Pellicer offer a thoughtful and fair analysis of peer review as it relates to teaching performance. This is the place to start if improving the overall quality of instruction is important in your school district." 

Dal Lawrence
Past President, Toledo Federation of Teachers, Toledo, OH

"In their book, Teacher Peer Assistance and Review, Anderson and Pellicer present a compelling case for involving teachers in the instructional supervision process. They also point out the challenges associated with peer assistance and review and provide the reader with a step-by-step guide for overcoming them. Written in a clear, straightforward style, this book is a must-read for teachers, administrators, and policymakers who are serious about implementing effective peer assistance and review programs." 

Aretha B. Pigford
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Human Services, Florida A&M, University, Tallahassee, FL

"A very useful compendium of current information and thinking about the new Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) program that we are implementing in California. The practical approach in this guide should assure a wide audience for this pioneering work." 

Delaine Eastin
California Superintendent of Public Instruction

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