Instructional Rounds

The process of instructional rounds provides educators the opportunity to develop a shared practice of observing, discussing, and analyzing learning and teaching. Rounds are a tool which allows for leaders and faculty to work together to solve common questions of practice and to work together to make improvements. This practice builds collaborative networks of educators who learn together and develop a shared understanding of high-quality instructional practice and who develop strategies to improve our practice.

The process begins with a formation of a question of practice. Groups of faculty and administrators then visit classrooms in small groups using observation techniques. The groups then work together to share and analyze what has been observed. The debriefing process does not identify individual teachers or classrooms and only uses factual descriptions to identify patterns. These patterns then serve as the basis for further work of the district/school.

Learn more about instructional rounds:

Improving Teaching and Learning through Instructional Rounds --an article by Lee Teitel in the Harvard Education Letter, 2009

Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work™: New Insights for Improving Schools -- a book by Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, and Robert Eaker from Solution Tree, 2008

Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning -- a book by Elizabeth A. City, Richard F. Elmore, Sarah E. Fiarman, and Lee Teitel from Harvard Education Press, 2009

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