New Edition of “Talk About Teaching”

Corwin has published a new 2nd edition of Talk About Teaching by Charlotte Danielson on September 21.

Charlotte Danielson invites you to explore this new resource:

"Why the need for more Talk About Teaching? Because now, six long years later, we’re living in a very different educational climate. Between the call for more rigorous teacher-evaluation procedures and the higher standards set for student learning, a perfect storm has emerged, demanding that we all take a more critical look at the ways we’re supporting accomplished teaching.

"Of all the approaches available to us, the most powerful by far is professional conversations. I don’t mean formal reflective conversations or coaching conversations; their many benefits are already widely documented across the professional literature. I’m talking about the informal conversations that follow a principal’s brief, unannounced observations of teachers in action, or sharing practices and new ideas through collegial interaction among teachers. These are the conversations that we can have the greatest impact on teacher practice and create a culture where we’re all working toward the same objectives.

"Consider this Second Edition of Talk About Teaching your official invitation to join that conversation. If you’re new to the book, you’ll find a virtual roadmap to leading your own professional conversations. Readers of the previous edition, you’ll especially appreciate the all-new topics for conversation along with much more about the implications of higher standards of student learning."

See the announcement from Corwin, get a free downloadable copy of the first chapter, and pre-order your copy at the “Read Article” link below.



"Danielson’s Framework for Teaching has been a revelation to me; the best analogy I can offer is that the Framework is like having voice-guided GPS to direct you to a destination, when before you might have only had a destination name and an outdated road map."

Pre-Service Teacher, May 2016

“[The consultant] gave the best PD I have seen in 15 years of teaching, and was the first to explain [the] Danielson [Framework] in a human way. Bravo.”

A teacher, June 2015

“I am so impressed with the Danielson Group consultants. They are all so real. Your trainers helped make [proficient] teaching stronger and steered [basic teaching] toward increasing effectiveness.” 

A principal, June 2015

"Due to your consultant's seamless and meaningful transitions, knowledge of content, and rapport with the audience, the room was alive with energy and it made us all feel ready to begin the year off with success."

"Never before have I seen a group of seasoned educators like your consultants master the art of communicating with an audience with varied levels of expertise and interests. The two days that I spent with your team, I walked away with a desire to use the rubric to truly enhance my own practice."

"I left with a renewed look at the rubric, thinking that the rubric is the Great Equalizer! We can ALL enhance our practice by using it as a tool and a roadmap to produce students who think and are ready for college and careers. THANK YOU!"

"Your consultants' presence and organization of the day will not only impact the new teachers that attended, but will make the year alive for a vast number of students this year."

"Our workshop focused on calibration and inter-rater agreement training, so it was directly aligned to our individual and collective work with teacher performance evaluation.  With new administrators on the team, this type of training is critical."

"We were highly impressed with our Danielson Group consultant and the workshop. We have nothing but positive things to share. Staff have been emailing us, thanking us. This is the most worthwhile presentation we've been to in a while."

"The workshop you provided was hands-on, interesting, practical, and respectful of time limits. I heard more positive feedback about this workshop from staff than I have about any other."

"We wanted to let you know how much we appreciated the flexibility and professionalism that your consultant provided in our unique context. It helped us to keep on track with our schedule at a critical time. For that we are truly grateful."

"Your consultant presented a perfectly differentiated learning experience for all our principals. They were highly engaged, as demonstrated by on-topic conversations using academic language, completion of tasks requiring evidence identification, and note taking and 'grading' during classroom videos of teaching."

"Our school principals said the Framework observation training was the best training they had ever had, including the training provided when earning their Master’s degrees."

"I have a principal who was so excited about the breakthrough work with her staff in special education. I am already getting my money back!"

"My concern about the extra time it would take to implement the Framework successfully was not accurate. It took about the same amount of time as our prior evaluation system, and the benefits in professional growth and increased student achievement were more than worth it."

"I want to truly thank you for the brilliant job that you did with our training. I got such positive feedback from the team. They feel re-energized and like they have a direction and new tools to do the job."