High Quality Teaching
is Complex

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.
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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

Symphonic Planning

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
for Mastery 

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.”


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…

  • Rigor
  • Root Causes of Academic Failure to close Achievement Gaps
  • Teaching in High Poverty Schools
  • Personalizing Instruction
  • Literacy
  • 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.

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