Instructional Rounds

Instructional rounds is a school and district improvement process, loosely based on the medical rounds model used by doctors, that brings educators together to look at classroom instruction in a focused, systematic, purposeful, and collective way. These observations are not intended to provide supervision or evaluation for specific teachers but instead to look closely at what is happening in classrooms and to work together systematically to make improvements. In this way, rounds visit is different from traditional outside-in or top-down administrative “walk-throughs.” They are generally more collegial and participatory, with host schools and districts playing important roles in every step of the improvement cycle.

This starts well before the actual visit, when educators who will be hosting the visit identify a stuck point or “problem of ...

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