RESOURCE FILE: Instructional Rounds Creating a Community of Collaboration

What Are Instructional Rounds?

Instructional Rounds in Education is intended to help education leaders and practitioners develop a shared understanding of what high-quality instruction looks like and what schools and districts need to do to support it.

Walk into any school in America and you will see adults who care deeply about their students and are doing the best they can every day to help students learn. But you will also see a high degree of variability among classrooms—much higher than in most other industrialized countries. Today we are asking schools to do something they have never done before—educate all students to high levels—yet we don’t know how to do that in every classroom for every child.

Inspired by the medical-rounds model used by physicians, the authors have pioneered a new form of professional learning known as instructional rounds networks. Through this process, educators develop a shared practice of observing, discussing, and analyzing learning and teaching.

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Norms of Collaboration

Norms of Collaboration – How Was Your Last Staff Meeting?

Have you ever sat through a meeting that could be described as… dysfunctional, boring, pointless, dominated by one individual, lecture like… the list could go on and on.  We sometimes make excuses blaming one individual or a couple of people.  It is much harder to believe that we have a part in being able to be a change maker and help the meeting become effective and/or ground breaking.  It just takes being intentional about the way we communicate and the culture that is being set within the group.

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