Designing Systems to Limit the Impact of Bias

By Hendy Avenue | November 12, 2019

In March, we wrote about how coaches and evaluators must identify, then set aside, biases in order to fairly and accurately evaluate and develop teacher practice. This critical work by individuals is powerful, but not the only tool available to leaders and policy makers in reducing bias: Specific design elements within performance management systems can…

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Jeremy Abarno, Welcome To The Hendy Team!

By Hendy Avenue | October 15, 2019

We’re thrilled to announce that Jeremy Abarno, former Chief Talent Officer of DREAM Charter Schools in NYC, joined the Hendy team in October 2019. Jeremy will specialize in school leader coaching and development, network leader coaching (especially talent and academics), curriculum development and training, and comprehensive talent strategy and implementation. Jeremy is the smart, thoughtful…

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Three Lessons for Meaningful Performance Management Incentives

By Hendy Avenue | June 3, 2019

We’re big fans of performance management. We know that for people to achieve their best, they need clear definitions of excellence, resources and tools to achieve that benchmark, and frequent, action-oriented feedback that drives their development. Too often, however, organizations don’t know how to link performance management efforts with valuable incentives for their talent. Before…

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Listen Up: Hendy Avenue on EdPOP Podcast

By Hendy Avenue | April 16, 2019

Curious to learn more about Hendy Avenue Consulting? Our very own Jessica Wilson sat down with the host of EdPOP to talk about our mission, recent projects and how talent strategy can make the difference for kids across the country. Click here to listen!

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Three Steps to Avoid Common Observation Biases

By Hendy Avenue | March 15, 2019

We all have biases. Whether picking an ice cream flavor or choosing to take the scenic route rather than the highway, we all operate with mental models that place disproportionate weight on certain factors that move our judgment in favor of one option when compared to another. When observing and evaluating teacher practice, there are…

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On the Air: Jess Talks Rubrics with EdPOP

By Hendy Avenue | January 15, 2019

School leaders are busy people; we know from experience that it can be really tough to keep up on the latest trends and research when you’re in the trenches every day. We also know that being a school leader can be isolating sometimes. It’s rare that a leader gets to step out of his or…

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Round 3: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

By Hendy Avenue | November 29, 2018

In our previous two posts (here and here),  Sarah and Grant shared reflections on the past year and projects they are looking forward to in the coming months. To bring us home, Jessica shares lessons learned on working through complexity and opportunities to lead with appreciation. What I learned: I have spent most of my career…

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Round 2: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

By Hendy Avenue | September 14, 2018

In our last post, Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Lessons Learned and What’s to Come in 2018-19, our founder Sarah shared insights on the difficulty of leading change and the excitement around re-engaging with one of our first partners. This week, we hear from Grant: What I learned: Historian and philosopher Will Durant said, “we are what…

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Lessons learned and what’s to come in 2018-2019

By Hendy Avenue | September 7, 2018

As consultants, our role is to guide our partners to make informed decisions and to successfully meet their goals. We also prioritize building the knowledge and skills of our partners and they tell us that they learn a lot from working alongside us. In turn, we learn so much every day from the incredibly smart…

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Make Your Pick: How the NFL Draft Applies to Teacher Hiring

By Hendy Avenue | June 13, 2018

While there is a lot of best practice research out there about how to hire a great team, leaders seeking teacher talent can take a cue from how professional sports teams scope out and draft players. In the post below, we bring Cade Massey’s article on 5 lessons we can learn from the NFL draft…

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Making Teacher Leadership a Success

By Hendy Avenue | April 2, 2018

In our first post on teacher leadership, we noted a few key ideas and benefits of extending the impact of teachers. Here, we break down three suggestions for launching a new teacher leadership initiative as well as criteria to measure success and common pitfalls to avoid. How do you launch a successful teacher leadership program?…

Teacher Leadership: More than a Buzzword

By Hendy Avenue | February 28, 2018

The education field loves jargon. From “21st-century learning” to “college and career readiness”, new jargon enters our vocabulary as priorities and policies shift. Recently, we’ve heard one buzzword repeatedly swirling across blogs and conferences: Teacher Leadership. What is teacher leadership? In What do we know about teacher leadership?, Jennifer York-Barr and Karen Duke from the…

Five Lessons for Decision-Making

By Hendy Avenue | January 3, 2018

Making decisions is hard (just ask my husband how many rugs I’ve looked at for our living room). It’s even harder when those decisions will have a real impact on students, teachers and school leaders. Yet working with school system leaders across the country, it’s become very clear to us that how organizations make decisions…

Put Excellence at the Heart of Performance Management

By Hendy Avenue | December 4, 2017

Performance management, at its core, sets expectations. It puts a stake in the ground for what “good” looks and sounds like in the classroom and serves as the baseline of teacher observation rubrics. Effective performance management is more than diagnosing current performance; it supports teachers to articulate an actionable, clear trajectory toward excellence. Ultimately, a…

Thank You Teachers!

By Hendy Avenue | November 21, 2017

As we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with our families this week, the Hendy Avenue team is reflecting on the many blessings for which we are thankful. We are thankful for our family and friends. We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with wonderful organizations doing incredible work for children. We are thankful for…

Designing Evaluation Frameworks with Development at the Core – Part III: Amplifying Stakeholder Voice with Surveys

By Hendy Avenue | October 18, 2017

This post is the third in a series on how innovators are reimagining the design and implementation of evaluation and development frameworks. Read our earlier posts on observation frequency and raising rubric rigor.  When you think of a teacher, where are they? What are they doing? If you envisioned someone standing in front of a blackboard,…

Designing Evaluation Frameworks with Development at the Core – Part II: Raising Rubric Rigor

By Hendy Avenue | July 12, 2017

This post is the second in a series on how innovators are reimagining the design and implementation of evaluation and development frameworks. To read our first post in the series, on the impact of frequent observations, click here. Most teacher evaluation systems today include direct observations of teacher practice by an administrator, in which the…

5 Strategies for Scaling Effective Coaching

By Hendy Avenue | June 19, 2017

Our team spends a lot of time thinking about how to develop teachers. We believe that investing in the professional growth of teachers has the potential to dramatically change the landscape of education in our country and the lives of millions of children. While school systems across the U.S. spend billions of dollars annually on…

Great Leaders, Great Teachers: How Cleveland Metro is Investing in Leaders

By Hendy Avenue | May 22, 2017

In response to Race to the Top, many states, including Ohio, revised state statutes requiring school districts to develop new evaluation models.  In a collaborative effort, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Cleveland Teachers’ Union developed the Teacher Development and Evaluation System (TDES). We partnered with the talent team at CMSD to develop tools…

Coach’s Corner: Book Review of Get Better Faster

By Hendy Avenue | April 7, 2017

We all know that teaching is hard, but being a new teacher can sometimes seem downright impossible. Fortunately, Paul Bambrick-Santoyo has laid out a critical tool for driving the professional growth of new teachers in his latest book, Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers. The Chief Schools Officer for High Schools…