Peers in Public Practice

Providing Leadership and Learning Opportunities for Teachers 

Recognizing that teachers value professional development that is relevant, interactive and job-imbedded, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is partnering with the CFEF to explore how local education foundations can help develop teacher leaders who support their peers in improving their instructional practice.   Peers in Public Practice  provides real world, real time exposure by teachers to their colleagues as experts – providing the time, space and structure for those valued learning opportunities.

Highly effective teachers make their instructional practice public by opening their classrooms to peers in their school or district to observe.   Teacher participants, both leaders and observers, then engage in debrief sessions afterward to give feedback, reflect on what was observed and discuss potential new strategies.  In addition to providing leadership and learning opportunities for teachers, through this effort the CFEF and participating local education foundations hope to learn new ways for supporting teachers beyond classroom grants and recognition efforts.

Pilot projects occurred during the 2016-17 school year and have been approved for the 2017-18 school year in the highlighted school districts and all participating teachers will be surveyed to learn how the program influenced their classroom instructional practices.

In the below map, the participating school districts are highlighted in green.