Updated 2014 Teacher Observation Protocol


The updated observation protocol is designed to meet rigorous standards, including CCSS, for deep implementation across subject areas and grade levels.



Developed by Dr. Marzano and Learning Sciences Marzano Center Vice President and Senior Fellow Dr. Beverly Carbaugh, PDS Product Development Manager Amber Rutherford, and CEO Michael Toth, the updated 2014 observation protocol for the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model contains explicit references to cognitive rigor and conative skills in the evidences for each element, and clarifies expectations around instructional shifts required of teachers to meet the new college and career readiness standards. The 2014 observation protocol fills a critical need for teacher classroom practice that addresses consistent and deep implementation of rigorous standards across subject areas and grade levels.

The 2014 Protocol:

  • Addresses recommended instructional shifts for ELA/literacy instruction
  • Addresses recommended instructional shifts for mathematics
  • Recommends four specific adaptations for college and career readiness, including
    • Seven focus elements
    • Modifications for more rigor and depth
    • Direct pedagogy for specific thinking skills and processes
    • Support for thoughtful planning
  • Includes an updated learning map with language calibrated to rigorous standards
  • Is supported by focused trainings to ensure that observers are highly successful with the new protocol

Download the full paper and protocol here.

2014 Marzano Teacher Evaluation Learning Map

The 2014 Learning Map recognizes some slight but necessary shifts in focus and language aligned to college and career readiness and other rigorous state standards. The comparison chart clarifies these language differences between the 2011 and the 2014 protocols.

Download the 2014 Learning Map

Download the 2011/2014 Comparison Chart

View a recorded webinar on the 2014 Protocol

2014 Protocol co-author Dr. Beverly Carbaugh and manager of PDS product development Amber Rutherford share insights into the required shifts with the 2014 protocol, including the research-base for the changes and clarification on new language in elements and evidences. Dr. Carbaugh also explains why the desired effects of the elements do not change, and offers support on simple adaptations that can help teachers and observers easily understand and implement these critical shifts.



View the webinar.

Calibration Trainings

Learning Sciences Marzano Center has developed two trainings to calibrate observers and teacher mentors to the new protocol:

  • Observer Track: Observing for College and Career Readiness
    This two-day training moves beyond the foundation and allows participants to explore and apply the 2014 Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model Protocol. Additionally, observers will be able to use iObservation to identify the updated student and teacher evidences from the 2014 Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model Protocol in a simulated classroom environment.

    Download full details of the training.

  • Teacher Mentor Track: College and Career Readiness Evidences
    This two-day training in the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Progression identifies the basic tenets of how to utilize the framework to meet the cognitive complexity of rigorous standards. The training moves beyond the foundation and allows participants to explore and apply the 2014 Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model Protocol (2014 Marzano Protocol).

    Download full details of the training.

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