TIPS (Teacher Intentionality of Practice Scale)
Overview: focuses on 7 research-based classroom-tested practices that are tied to student success.
Recently Released Book tied directly to TIPS: The Highly Effective Teacher: 7 Classroom-Tested Practices that Foster Student Success
Applicable for K-12 classrooms (all disciplines)
Aligned with current education/curriculum reforms (e.g. Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, …)
Typical TIPS uses: coaching, Professional Development, Monitor school and/or teacher growth
Webinar providing overview of Book/instrument: http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars/highly-effective-teacher-webinar.aspx
Marketing: This will have the broadest appeal to schools and districts.
Resources: TIPS instrument, TIPS Needs assessment (can be used as a diagnostic tool for schools to know where to start—this should be a free resource added for those purchasing TIPS), book, webinar (currently one available at ASCD though I would like to create a more concise one for marketing), training webinar (still needs to be developed), consulting/professional development (uniquely adapted for each client).
Overview of TIPS from Book:
The TIPS Framework
The Teacher Intentionality of Practice Scale incorporates basic factors of teaching and learning, but it goes beyond them by emphasizing transformative instructional practices (e.g., high expectations for all, increased creativity in the learning environment and in the instruction, higher quantity and quality of formative assessments, improved classroom interactions) that yield increased student success. The TIPS framework provides a reliable and valid measure of skills that distinguish proficient or exemplary teachers from less effective, developing teachers. Specifically, it comprises seven actionable areas that are linked to improved student outcomes:
TIP 1: Coherent, Connected Learning Progression
TIP 2: Strategies, Resources, and Technologies That Enhance Learning
TIP 3: Safe, Respectful, Well-Organized Learning Environment
TIP 4: Challenging, Rigorous Learning Experiences
TIP 5: Interactive, Thoughtful Learning
TIP 6: Creative, Problem-Solving Culture
TIP 7: Monitoring, Assessment, and Feedback That Guide and Inform Instruction and Learning
TIPs 1 through 3 cover the foundational aspects of instructional effectiveness; 4 through 7 address the more challenging, though absolutely critical, factors.
Each TIP indicator includes a rubric to help guide teacher transformation, with descriptors provided for Level 1 (Needs Improvement), 3 (Proficient), and 5 (Exemplary). Levels 2 and 4 indicate the presence of components from both the levels above and below. All the rubric items are written and standardized so that Level 3 (Proficient) is the minimum target that all teachers should strive to achieve. Although some teachers are much closer to this goal than others, all teachers can attain proficiency and beyond with proper support and sufficient professional development.