Leading Instructional Rounds in Education

Thomas Fowler-Finn with a forward by Lee Teitel

A few years ago, I was privileged to learn about the power of Instructional Rounds to improve instructional practice. One of the books that guided this exploration was Instructional Rounds in Education, by Elizabeth City, Richard Elmore, Sarah Fiarman, and Lee Teitel. This book changed the way I think about reflection as a means for powerful professional development.

So, imagine my excitement when Leading Instructional Rounds in Education, by Thomas Fowler-Finn made its way to my bookshelf a few years later! Finally, I had a handbook to support the work around instructional rounds with teachers and administrators. The book serves to guide facilitators through the entire process, starting with defining roles and intention, to facilitator moves, to guiding educators through the next levels of work. The text includes a forward by Lee Teitel which serves to connect readers to the what and why of Instructional Rounds with the actual implementation.

“If you are looking for a clear how-to guide to facilitate a disciplined and well-thought-out version of instructional rounds, this is it.”
-From the forward by Lee Teitel, lecturer on education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and coauthor, Instructional Rounds in Education

Some of my favorite selections include actual agendas for launching instructional rounds with a network. I find that I use this as a guide when planning to engage in this work with teacher leaders with-in our component districts. What is nice about the suggested schedules is the ability to adapt to meet the needs of many different groups of educators. The Appendix offers activities that may be used during these all-important launch sessions. I find myself referring to this often during my planning.

For all of you who are interested in participating in or leading dynamic and reflective professional development, I urge you to obtain a copy of Leading Instructional Rounds in Education, and while you are at it, be sure to pick up a copy of Instructional Rounds in Education to read first!

Downs_Randi_WEB_1409Randi Downs
Teacher Trainer, PBL
RDowns@ocmboces.org

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