Quality Instruction

with Kristine Gullen

Description of the Session
This session clarifies what constitutes quality instruction, the “look fors” that exemplify it, and how one can ensure that it occurs in every classroom.
This session starts with a focus on continuous school improvement by discussing the alignment and targets for Quality Instruction.  The session embeds the work of Quality Instruction with the continuous school improvement process.
This session will provide information and a depth of understandings on Quality Instruction.  We will investigate the Quality Instruction research and discuss the implications of knowing what it looks and sounds like in a building and classroom.  Once we have an understanding of Quality Instruction, the participants will then work on how we monitor quality instruction and assure it is happening in every classroom for every student.  We will discuss how a walk through and a learning walk help this monitoring effort.  We focus on what the students are doing when quality instruction is being provided.
This session also takes time to understand data points.  What data is collected?   Why collect it?  What do we do once it’s collected?  We also discuss the need to have the data driven culture as a regular part of the daily routine and system for the classroom, building and district.
Monitoring the plans and progress on the work is a focus point for the session also.  We take time to talk about how and what a process for monitoring the SI plan and Quality Instruction would work within the district, building and classroom.  The monitoring will help build the need for educational policies and practices that will mandate the details for ongoing improvement.  This educational policy portion of the session is critical to the success of a system wide process.
Specific Outcomes for the Session
  • Development of a professional definition of QI and how to ensure it in every classroom
  • Ability to collect and analyze meaningful classroom Data
  • Increased skill in conducting school audits
  • Clarified understanding and application of the importance of effective communication in supporting QI
  • Modeling process and procedural tools that can be shared with stakeholders
Key Topics
  • Research on QI
  • Role of data collection in QI
  • Planning for QI
  • Conducting audits
  • Tools and resources to support QI
  • Role of CL and QI