This set of resources is designed to help teams of educators create a process for ongoing evaluation of effective instructional practices to make informed and intentional efforts to refine instructional practices that lead to improved student outcomes.
Since student outcomes are a reflection of the instruction that was provided, improving student outcomes requires intentional efforts to change instructional practices. Shared understanding of effective instructional practices provides the foundation for collective efforts to change instruction and to sustain the changes. “One cannot hope to implement change without persuading people that it is necessary. This is a task of daunting proportions that must often start by challenging people’s view of themselves and their performance.” (Evans)
Shared understanding of effective instructional practices
While no one instructional practice in isolation will improve student outcomes, there is a need to focus on one or two practices before addressing others. However, understanding how an individual practice is situated within a larger group of practices is an essential part of understanding the practice. Furthermore, continuous improvement efforts should identify future plans to provide support for the other practices.
Shared understanding of effective instructional practices includes
The Portal provides an activity to help educators explore effective instructional practices.
Evans, R. (2014). Change is What it Means This article is adapted from Seven Secrets of the Savvy School Leader. (Jossey-Bass February, 2010).