a process that has the potential to sharpen the focus of an entire system
To make a difference, classroom walkthroughs need to be different from evaluation and more than a check for implementation. The Instructional Rounds model developed by Richard Elmore and his colleagues at Harvard focuses classroom visits on providing both teachers and administrators with feedback on problems of practice that they themselves have defined. The result is a process that has the potential to sharpen the focus of an entire system on teaching and learning while it generates important data and information to guide the work of teacher PLCs.
Our training can include coaching to help schools both define their Problems of Practice and also embrace and use findings from the Rounds process.
A basic five sessions Rounds Support Package includes:
• Pre-work with the Superintendent and other key leaders to learn the over-arching concepts of Rounds work.
• Three sessions for the leadership teams to interact with the central ideas of Rounds, to understand the structure of classroom visit protocols and conduct two classroom visitations at designated school sites.
• Follow-up session to ensure a successful process of implementation and getting to the next level of work.