Peer Assistance and Review
Integrating peer support and evaluation is an effective approach to improving instructional practice. In an era when policymakers are calling for comprehensive educator evaluation, current research shows that peer review provides more rigorous and comprehensiveness performance feedback. Equally important, peer review offers a solution to the current system’s lack of capacity to both provide adequate teacher support and conduct thorough performance evaluations.
Teacher to Teacher - summary of Peer Assistance and Review, an innovative approach that uses expert teachers to conduct regular evaluations for novice teachers and underperforming veterans, prepared by the Center for American Progress
A User's Guide to PAR - an examination of Peer Assistance and Review programs, including costs and benefits, program design and labor-management relations, prepared by the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Peer Review: Getting Serious About Teacher Support and Evaluation - 2011 Koppich and Associates study
The Innovation Initiative: Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Model - NYSUT model
Peer Assistance and Review website - Harvard "Next Generation of Teachers" project
Teachers Leading Teachers: The Experiences of Peer Assistance and Review Consulting Teachers - paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, April 2009, by Sarah Edith Fiarman, Susan Moore Johnson, Mindy Sick Munger, John P. Papay, & Emily Kalejs Qazilbash
Shared Responsibility for Teacher Quality: How Do Principals Respond to Peer Assistance and Review? - paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, April 2009, by Mindy Sick Munger, Susan Moore Johnson, Sarah Edith Fiarman, John P. Papay, & Emily Kalejs Qazilbash
Is PAR a Good Investment? Understanding the Costs and Benefits of Teacher Peer Assistance and Review Programs - an NGT Working Paper, January 2011, by John P. Papay and Susan Moore Johnson
Peer Assistance and Review: A Cross-Site Study of Labor-Management Collaboration Required for Program Success - paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, April 2009, by Emily Kalejs Qazilbash, Susan Moore Johnson, Sarah Edith Fiarman, Mindy Sick Munger, & John P. Papay.