Odell Education Learning Walk

Focus Area: Odell Education Curriculum
Audience:

Instructional Coaches, Leaders, Teachers

Pathway: Ownership

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Overview

BetterLesson believes that school and district leaders are first and foremost instructional leaders, investing in people and systems to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for students. Our goal is to provide leaders with processes, tools, and support for making organizational change and improving learning for students. We can help build leaders’ capacity in instructional leadership through a Learning Walk, a non-evaluative process used by leaders to assess the quality of student learning and effectiveness of instruction in their buildings, focusing on how leaders can support improvements to the learning experience. Learning Walks will consist of two learning experiences, a Learning Walk Launch and a Learning Walk Cycle.

Specifications

  • The Learning Walk launch can be experienced as a 1-day in person workshop with an onsite BetterLesson coach guiding classroom walk-throughs, or as a 2-hour virtual workshop facilitated by a BetterLesson coach, followed by independent classroom walk-throughs
  • After participating in a Learning Walk Launch, which can be virtual or in person, participants will engage in collaborative cycles focusing on a specific topic. The Learning Walk Cycle can be experienced as a 1-day in person workshop with an onsite BetterLesson coach guiding classroom walk-throughs, or as two 2-hour virtual workshops, facilitated online by a BetterLesson coach, with independent classroom walk-throughs

Learning Experience

Learning Walk Launch

Define

  • Explore the benefits of a Learning Walk and build understanding around best practices
  • Learn more about the tools used to facilitate the Learning Walk process
  • Identify and prioritize Targets that align with school goals

Explore

  • Practice using Learning Walk tools by participating in short, group classroom walk-throughs (in-person) or by evaluating curated artifacts and resources (virtual)
  • Collaboratively reflect on the Learning Walk process and tools

Build

  • Synthesize data from the Learning Walk using a digital tool to identify trends in the evidence they collected
  • Build a plan for implementing Learning Walks in their schools

Learning Walk Cycle

Define

  • Build understanding around the key components of a Target
  • Take a deep dive into the “look-fors” and evidence of this Target within the classroom using curated artifacts to identify exemplars
  • Prioritize look-fors within a Target to develop a focus for the Learning Walk

Explore

  • Collect data and evidence for the Target through participating in independent classroom walk-throughs and evaluating curated artifacts
  • Collaboratively experience a protocol to reflect on the effectiveness of using a narrow lens when observing student learning

Build

  • Synthesize data from the Learning Walk using a digital tool to identify trends with the evidence they collected
  • Align on the evidence for a particular look-for in a Target and evaluate the effectiveness of the tool for that Target in their context
  • Analyze their learning around the Learning Walk process to help build a plan for continued implementation