Effective feedback and observation cycles promote both student-centered goals and support for teachers to develop their practice.

This focus area provides school leaders with tools for developing a sustainable feedback and observation cycle that can be used for consistent instructional growth and decision making.

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Feedback and Observation

Learning Opportunities for Feedback and Observation

Consistent feedback and observation cycles allow instructional leaders to gain a better sense of the trends and needs of teaching and learning. We support skill development through personalized pathways built from BL ConnectWorkshops1:1 Coaching, and Learning Walks to achieve clear outcomes.

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Feedback and Observation Cycles

Outcome: I use data to evaluate and strengthen the feedback and observation cycle in my school.

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Illuminating Feedback

Outcome: I use collaborative and non-evaluative feedback techniques to promote teacher growth.

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From Feedback to Action

Outcome: I use structures, tools, and communication to support teachers to translate feedback into actionable next steps.

"Many effective teachers slide through their evaluations and don’t get the feedback they truly need. On the flip side, struggling teachers can have candid and honest conversations without fearing repercussions. They’re able to be vulnerable and find solutions in an efficient manner. My coach is the definition of teacher leadership. Her actions alone can inspire teachers to take ownership of the profession. When the example she sets is coupled with her advice, the outcomes have endless potential."

“Today's work was very powerful. It really helps us have a much more focused lens for classroom observations."

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A Focus on Student-Centered Teaching and Learning

We’ve identified four elements that are key for academic success and for building student-centered classrooms. BetterLesson guides teachers, instructional coaches, and leaders through focus areas within each element to lead their professional development journey.

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Instructional Leadership Focus Areas

Improve instruction and learning for teachers and students by building your skills as an instructional leader.

Leading Through Change Lead the improvement of teaching, learning, and overall school climate to enhance student achievement and success. Learn More
Instructional Coaching Provide teachers with personalized coaching cycles that support them growing and developing their teaching practice. Learn More
Collaborative Professional Learning Develop a collaborative professional culture to support student-centered teaching and learning. Learn More
Feedback and Observation Create an authentic, replicable observation and feedback cycle that promotes alignment of student-centered goals and non-evaluative conversation. Learn More
Principalship Equip new leaders to meet the specific demands that come with the first three years of serving as a building principal. Learn More
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Inclusive and Responsive Practices Focus Areas

Build an equitable learning community where all students can be supported, celebrated, and successful.

Social-Emotional Learning Prepare students with the self-awareness, relational, and decision-making skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Learn More
Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Develop learning communities that honor diverse student backgrounds and experiences. Learn More
Trauma-Informed Practices Approach learning with an understanding of the impacts of trauma and adversity on students. Learn More
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Create inclusive educational ecosystems by examining structures, systems, and beliefs informed by race and identity. Learn More
English Learners Support all English Learners to grow and thrive in their learning environments. Learn More
Students with Disabilities Support students with disabilities to learn and grow in their learning environments. Learn More
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Flexible Instructional Models Focus Areas

Find unique ways for all students to learn, communicate, and solve meaningful problems.

Accelerating Growth Accelerate student growth and provide differentiated support for all learners. Learn More
Formative Assessment and Differentiation Provide students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding, track their progress, and guide their future learning. Learn More
Meaningful Tech Integration Leverage technology in the classroom to maximize student learning and growth. Learn More
Hybrid and Virtual Learning Deliver equitable, engaging, and student-centered instruction and create supportive learning communities in a remote or hybrid model. Learn More
Project-Based Learning Engage students with real-world, inquiry-based tasks. Learn More
Competency-Based Learning Create personalized learning paths that allow students to progress toward goals and demonstrate competency in flexible formats. Learn More
Teachership Empower new teachers to become high-quality educators through professional learning, mentorship, and leadership support. Learn More
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Curriculum and Academic Content Focus Areas

Use learning tools and curriculum to create a student-centered classroom.

Student-Centered Math Create transformative mathematics classrooms where students engage in problem-solving, discourse, application, and critical thinking. Learn More
Student-Centered Literacy Develop students’ literacy skills by supporting student ownership of evidence-based reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Learn More
OUR K-5 / IM K-5 Math Integrate the instructional routines and resources embedded in the OUR K-5 / IM K-5 Math curriculum. Learn More
OUR 6-8 / IM 6-12 Math Strategically implement the OUR 6-8 / IM 6-12 Math curriculum. Learn More
EL Education Strategically implement the EL Education K-8 Language Arts curriculum to support student-centered literacy instruction. Learn More
Newsela Supercharge reading engagement and infuse literacy skills across content areas using Newsela. Learn More
OpenSciEd Help students make sense of scientific phenomena by harnessing the full power of the OpenSciEd platform. Learn More

Instructional Leadership Focus Areas

Improve instruction and learning for teachers and students by building your skills as an instructional leader.

Leading Through Change Lead the improvement of teaching, learning, and overall school climate to enhance student achievement and success. Learn More
Instructional Coaching Provide teachers with personalized coaching cycles that support them growing and developing their teaching practice. Learn More
Collaborative Professional Learning Develop a collaborative professional culture to support student-centered teaching and learning. Learn More
Feedback and Observation Create an authentic, replicable observation and feedback cycle that promotes alignment of student-centered goals and non-evaluative conversation. Learn More
Principalship Equip new leaders to meet the specific demands that come with the first three years of serving as a building principal. Learn More

Inclusive and Responsive Practices Focus Areas

Build an equitable learning community where all students can be supported, celebrated, and successful.

Social-Emotional Learning Prepare students with the self-awareness, relational, and decision-making skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Learn More
Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Develop learning communities that honor diverse student backgrounds and experiences. Learn More
Trauma-Informed Practices Approach learning with an understanding of the impacts of trauma and adversity on students. Learn More
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Create inclusive educational ecosystems by examining structures, systems, and beliefs informed by race and identity. Learn More
English Learners Support all English Learners to grow and thrive in their learning environments. Learn More
Students with Disabilities Support students with disabilities to learn and grow in their learning environments. Learn More

Flexible Instructional Models Focus Areas

Find unique ways for all students to learn, communicate, and solve meaningful problems.

Accelerating Growth Accelerate student growth and provide differentiated support for all learners. Learn More
Formative Assessment and Differentiation Provide students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding, track their progress, and guide their future learning. Learn More
Meaningful Tech Integration Leverage technology in the classroom to maximize student learning and growth. Learn More
Hybrid and Virtual Learning Deliver equitable, engaging, and student-centered instruction and create supportive learning communities in a remote or hybrid model. Learn More
Project-Based Learning Engage students with real-world, inquiry-based tasks. Learn More
Competency-Based Learning Create personalized learning paths that allow students to progress toward goals and demonstrate competency in flexible formats. Learn More
Teachership Empower new teachers to become high-quality educators through professional learning, mentorship, and leadership support. Learn More

Curriculum and Academic Content Focus Areas

Use learning tools and curriculum to create a student-centered classroom.

Student-Centered Math Create transformative mathematics classrooms where students engage in problem-solving, discourse, application, and critical thinking. Learn More
Student-Centered Literacy Develop students’ literacy skills by supporting student ownership of evidence-based reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Learn More
OUR K-5 / IM K-5 Math Integrate the instructional routines and resources embedded in the OUR K-5 / IM K-5 Math curriculum. Learn More
OUR 6-8 / IM 6-12 Math Strategically implement the OUR 6-8 / IM 6-12 Math curriculum. Learn More
EL Education Strategically implement the EL Education K-8 Language Arts curriculum to support student-centered literacy instruction. Learn More
Newsela Supercharge reading engagement and infuse literacy skills across content areas using Newsela. Learn More
OpenSciEd Help students make sense of scientific phenomena by harnessing the full power of the OpenSciEd platform. Learn More

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