Evaluation & Growth

8 ways to help teachers regenerate and heal after a year of trauma and resilience

The events of the last 12 months have shown us that teachers have superpowers when it comes to their resilience – they have regenerated their approach to teaching and their energy levels, repaired wounds both physical and emotional, and made themselves and their students whole again in ways too numerous to count. (In fact, teachers …

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What Teachers Need Next Year — And How Folio Can Help Provide It

Conversations with member schools have revealed consistent themes as school leaders look ahead to ‘21-’22. As schools reopen, heal, rebuild, and redesign in the coming year, teachers will need four key supports, in the form of Validation, Celebration, Care and Attention, and Collaboration. In order to support teachers, school leaders might look toward these common …

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Evaluation, Feedback and Coaching: What You Need to Know – by Elena Aguilar

This post, by Elena Aguilar, was originally published at Bright Morning. Elena will be a keynote speaker at Folio’s Summer Institute 2021, sharing her thoughts on how supervisors, managers, and administrators can effectively provide feedback, evaluation, and growth. The post below shares a preview of Elena’s perspectives. “The reason I wanted to become a manager …

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Tackling the “Accountability Dilemma” with Rob Evans

Conversations with our member schools reveal that a central challenge for many is an ongoing lack of clear expectations around growth, evaluation, and feedback in their schools. One answer to this challenge is to lean into what Rob Evans terms the “Accountability Dilemma.” In “Be All You Can Be: Tackling the Accountability Dilemma”, Evans — …

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6 Simple Ways to Help Your School Re-Engage With Professional Growth and Folio

When the the current school year began, some school leaders assessed the bandwidths of their faculty and determined that this would be a year of “no extras.” As faculty were asked to adopt new technologies and platforms to enhance and support their classroom management, some school-wide programs were put on pause. As school leaders look …

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Folio Whitepaper: Creating a Culture of Collaboration

What would it take for schools to become more collaborative places? What practices distinguish highly collaborative organizations? And if we believe that collaboration enhances learning among students, how can we help teachers learn in more collaborative ways as well? Our team at the Folio Collaborative believes that finding more effective ways to support and enhance …

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Member Spotlight: Focusing on what matters in a difficult year

  Join a conversation with John Bracker at Polytechnic School, about how Poly’s commitment to Folio helped the school come together and maintain its focus on professional growth and strategic priorities, even amidst the challenges of the pandemic . [0:29] What is your school’s Folio success story? John talks about how using myFolio to unify …

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Membership Matters! Join us at Folio’s Annual Meeting

Folio member schools are just that – members. By joining the Collaborative, you aren’t simply subscribing to a software platform or accessing a list of professional development opportunities. Membership means that you have a voice, that you play a role in Folio’s growth, development, and strategic direction. While there are many ways to exercise that …

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Using Habits and the Domino Effect to Achieve Lasting Professional Growth

How do people grow? Research suggests that about 40% of our day each day is spent acting out habits, rather than making decisions. Even the ways we think tend to be habitual, our thoughts becoming self-reinforcing due to confirmation bias. Growth, therefore, is almost always a question of habit change – people grow as they …

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Member Spotlight: Collaborative growth through peer triads

Join a conversation with Jon Cassie, Director of Curriculum and Innovation at TVT Community Day School (CA), about how TVT supports teachers through peer growth partnerships, making peer-to-peer collaboration the cornerstone of professional growth. [0:30] What is your school’s Folio success story? Jon talks about the way TVT structures its myFolio system around peer growth triads. …

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