Teachers College Press

Looking Together at Student Work, Second Edition

Tina Blythe, David Allen, and Barbara Schieffelin
Foreword by David N. Perkins and Kathleen Cushman
on school reform
Pub Date: December 2007, 96 pages

Paperback: $17.95, ISBN: 0807748358
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“The uninspiring baseline of everyday experience makes me especially excited about this probing and practical guide.... I commend these practices of looking together at student work as powerful resources not just for the technical but for the cultural enterprise of education.”
—From the Foreword to the second edition by David N. Perkins

“Any group of teachers, parents, or community members could use [this book] to participate in the hard work of assessing where our schools are and how they can improve.”
—From the Foreword to the first edition by Kathleen Cushman

This expanded second edition provides teachers and administrators with strategies and resources for working together to examine and discuss student work, such as science projects, essays, art work, math problems, and more. Providing real examples of how educators can do this, the authors describe three structured conversations, or protocols: the Collaborative Assessment Conference, the Tuning Protocol, and the Consultancy. (For more information about these and other valuable protocols see Assessing Student Learning.) Retaining all of its practical, user-friendly features, this updated edition introduces:

  • A new section that summarizes recent research that supports looking at student work as an instructional and school improvement strategy.
  • “The Consultancy,” an additional protocol that shows groups how to address issues and dilemmas of practice using student work as evidence.
  • A new chapter on the role of the facilitator, including techniques.
  • A new case study focusing on the Tuning Protocol.
  • An updated list of resources and publications that can provide further help.

Tina Blythe is director of faculty development at the Boston Architectural College. David Allen is a senior research associate at the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, Columbia University. Barbara Schieffelin Powell is an educational consultant.

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