Instructional Rounds is a four-step process adapted from the medical model used in hospitals. The process includes:
- Identifying a problem of practice
- Observing classroom instruction
- Recommending the next level of intervention.
The Center’s Superintendents’ Network is one of the pioneering networks to adopt this strategy, and is one of four networks featured in the Harvard Education Press publication, Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning.
Instructional Rounds believes an open-door classroom helps to identify a collective solution for improvement in learning and teaching. It tackles the variation in U.S. student achievement from one classroom to the next by challenging the traditional teaching norms of autonomy and isolation. Staff from CCSC serve as facilitators and coaches in this continuous improvement process focused on strengthening the instructional core.
During rounds, the group finds answers to the following key questions:
- Are teachers or students doing the work?
- What is the level of rigor and challenge of the tasks students are asked to do?
- Can you hear student voices in classroom discourse?
- What role do leadership teams have in educational improvement?