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The ReVIEW Team

Getting Rich Data from Instructional Reviews

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We do not control all the factors that influence learning. Yet we know many of the key levers teachers can to pull to drive student achievement.


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As teachers we must encourage and coach each other to use specific strategies and instructional techniques much like we would simple machine.

Let’s pry some learning loose.


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First schools need to identify key areas where they want to increase instructional capacity. After some training on using key learning levers teachers can then begin to bring these tools to the classroom.

As school leaders and coaches we can then observe for these practices using instructional rounds.

Effective Instructional Reviews

Hone in on specific practice, not people. Instructional rounds are about the learning ecosystem as a whole not the individual teacher.

Choose a few indicators or instructional practice. You can not act on data when overwhelmed with results. Go into the classroom, note if a practice is or is not evident. Capture some evidence to explain your decisions.

Use your staff. While scheduling, staffing, and shrinking budgets make it difficult, empower instructional coaches, department chairs or mentors to observe their peers. The conversation around the table can lead to important insight.

Using ReVIEW Talent Feedback System for Instructional Reviews

Pay careful to your instrumentation. Instructional rounds reveal patterns. As busy school leaders we need our technology to simplify, not complicate the process of instructional rounds.

At ReVIEW Talent Feedback System we make instructional rounds easier and more efficient. We begin by examining your mission and goals. As a team we then develop a list of instructional practices that coaches and faculty can quickly identify. We then capture a small piece of evidence for each indicator.

Your district then gets a snapshot of how the frequencies of these practices in your school. This helps plan your professional development and individual coaching needs.

If you want to learn more about bringing ReVIEW Talent Feedback System to your school or district contact [email protected]