High Quality Teaching
There are hundreds of teaching strategies and practices every educator should know, and more are added with every new book, article, or school professional development. With so many pieces to the “education puzzle” it is easy to get overwhelmed… without an instructional framework.
High Quality Teaching Takes
More than One and Done
Consistently develop the highest quality teaching practices with a Distributed Professional Development model that:
allows for rich job-embedded learning
gives teachers time for mastering strategies and practices
continues teacher education monthly with included MicroPD Courses and Support Meetings
What happens when teaching strategies are chosen completely purposefully? What are the learning results when teachers intentionally weave two strategies into a lesson? What about 5 or 6 or even 15 of the top learning strategies? They are all good individually, but together they produce a symphony of learning power.
Symphonic Planning is identifying the separate strategies and envisioning the whole picture of how they relate and work together for the highest achievement.
Structure and Support
The Learning-Focused Instructional Framework provides a structure and support to be highly effective AND the freedom to unleash professional teaching strengths, ensuring the highest academic success of their students.
The Learning-Focused Instructional Framework
- A blueprint for consistently planning and using the most effective teaching strategies.
- A purposeful focus on grade-level curriculum, assessments, and instruction.
- The skills, knowledge and resources for increasing rigor and accelerating learning for all students.
With The Learning-Focused Instructional Framework…
- intentionally focus on grade level expectations
- increase the purposeful use and application of the top learning strategies
- motivate and engage all students
- personalize instruction
“Research consistently shows that teaching is the single most important school-based factor in a student’s academic growth.”
-CENTER FOR EDUCATION POLICY RESEARCH, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Customize The Learning-Focused Instructional Framework
We know every school is unique and has its own needs to achieve success. In order to rise to the various challenges individual schools may face, The Learning-Focused Instructional Framework is customized to address your needs and educational demands. How the framework is implemented, and which top strategies get the most focus, is customized to each teacher, team, school, and/or district.
This year our clients customized the framework to emphasize…
- Root Causes of Academic Failure to close Achievement Gaps
- Teaching in High Poverty Schools
- Personalizing Instruction
- Advancing Good Teaching to Great Teaching
The Learning-Focused Instructional Framework is Implemented in a Distributed PD Sequence
The High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson, the first stage in the instructional framework, provides the structure. The High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson is the road map that connects standards to exemplary instruction. The foundation of The High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson immediately increases the effectiveness of all teachers.
Using the foundation learned in the first stage, teachers’ planning and instruction adds a focus on rigorous instruction, questions, learning activities, grade-level assignments, and assessments in the second stage, Increasing the Rigor of Learning-Focused Lessons: Higher Order Thinking, Reading and Writing.
The third stage, Accelerating Learning-Focused Lessons: Catching Kids Up!, provides the resources, knowledge and skills for proactively planning and teaching using specific strategies and practices that ensure all students are successful with rigorous expectations and instruction. The result is that all students learn rigorous grade-level content faster, more effectively, and at a much higher level than is found in typical schools.
3 ways to get Professional Development
Learning-Focused Strategies is the best model that we have used in years! The strategies that we have learned in the process have helped our teams develop stronger differentiated activities that appeal to a vast number of different learners. The Learning-Focused way gives ownership of learning to the student. It fosters growth in both the instructor and the learner.
Our school district is an “A” this year with 7 out of 9 of our schools making A’s. We rank 16th in the state out of 67 districts and rank 2nd since 2001 for gains made in reading and math. Learning-Focused is working!!
We have shown much improvement in the quality of instruction. Time on task has increased and “best practice” has been utilized throughout the school day. State assessments results have shown growth for Hispanic students especially. Greater emphasis on student centered activities, collaborative pairs, student assessment, and higher order learning goals have improved student achievement. Learning-Focused truly does improve student learning and assists with quality instruction in the classroom.