The Silverback Team
We were intrigued by James S. Liebman’s recent article in EdWeek and found the central thesis on ending the “great school wars” provocative. Liebman makes a strong case for conducting evaluative reviews of teachers to better understand what truly works in a classroom and what does not. He argues against the “managerialist” and “craft” strategies currently employed in K-12 schools in the United States and instead favors a more “institutionalist” approach, combining educator peer review with deep analysis of data to diagnose classroom successes and failures. He writes, “…success will not spring magically from the brow of the master managers or teachers. Instead, it requires systematic and accountable inquiry into how empowered and incentivized leaders and educators succeed.”
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