Observing and Analyzing Teaching

Course Descriptions

Observing Teaching

Observing and Analyzing Teaching 1 (OAT 1), and Observing and Analyzing Teaching 2 (OAT 2) are leadership courses required for all staff who conduct formal observations that contribute to staff evaluations in the Professional Growth System.  Based on the same principles as the Studying Skillful Teaching courses, OAT courses also focus on the development of an instructional leader's capacity to use the Knowledge Base on Teaching to observe and analyze teaching, develop conferencing and writing skills, examine and experiment with multiple data sources, and maintain high standards and expectations for teaching and learning.  Courses are generally offered twice yearly: beginning in the summer, with completion by January; and beginning in January, with completion by June. Registration for these classes takes place on the Professional Development Online system (PDO) in mid-March for summer/fall sessions and in mid-October for winter/spring sessions. For questions about registration, contact our office.

Observing and Analyzing Teaching 1 (OAT 1) is a six-session (39 hours) course in which participants examine the Knowledge Base on Teaching, are introduced to the MCPS Teacher Evaluation Performance Standards, and develop skills in communicating to teachers in a balanced way about their teaching repertoire. In addition to practicing administrators as noted above, aspiring administrators are eligible to take a course called OAT 1 for Aspiring Administrators. Admission to OAT 1 for Aspiring Administrators is limited to those who have completed or who are about to complete their administrative and supervisory certificate and who intend to apply to the AP Promotion Pool within the ensuing 12 months. 

Observing and Analyzing Teaching 2 (OAT 2) is a six-session (36 hours) course in which participants delve deeper into supervisory skills in challenging situations, linking course content to MCPS standards for teacher evaluation. The course focuses on developing knowledge, skills, and confidence to confront and address mediocre and ineffective teaching. Conference and goal-setting skills are emphasized. Successful completion of OAT 1 is a prerequisite for participation in OAT 2. Admission to OAT 2 classes is limited to those who have successfully completed OAT 1 and who are currently required to write observations that contribute to staff evaluations in the Professional Growth System.

Observing and Analyzing Teaching Recertification Session This module is for aspiring administrators planning to apply or reapply for the AP/ASA Promotional Pool and who completed OAT 1 or an OAT 1 recertification session more than three years ago.  Registration is also open to anyone certified in OAT 1 who would like to update his/her skills.  This module will review the current criteria for success for a post-observation conference report, as well as highlights of updated Skillful Teacher text material.  Participants will watch a video of instruction, participate in a mock conference, and write a full report based on the video and conference.  The report will receive feedback and earn a score of 25/25 or 20/25 which will be recorded on PDO.  Registration for this module takes place on PDO.

Observing and Analyzing Teaching Update Session This update is for school and central services administrators who have completed OAT 1 and OAT 2.  The session will include the current standards for a report as well as a process to streamline evaluations.