School Walk-Throughs Reimagined

Collaborative learning experience to build effective leadership and plan teacher PD

On a Learning Walk, expert coaches and leaders observe classrooms, identify trends in teacher practice, and make a plan to improve student-centered learning.

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In a Learning Walk, BetterLesson coaches and school or district leaders build deep understanding of what student-centered practices look like, and how to coach teachers on them.

Together they observe instruction, discuss their observations and questions, and identify trends in teacher practice. By the end of the day, leaders produce an action plan for how to support teachers and schools in creating and optimizing student-centered classrooms.

Areas of Focus

Learning Walks focus on one Learning Domain within one of the Essential Elements of student-centered teaching and learning:

In a Learning Walk, leaders gather evidence to understand teacher needs

BetterLesson coaches use a research-based observation tool to help leaders identify student-centered practices like robust student discourse and agency, collaboration, and use of rigorous curricula and content. The specific focus of each Walk is tailored to district needs. These non-evaluative classroom observations surface key instructional trends that otherwise might be missed, and provide school and district leaders with a common base of understanding.

A High-Impact Strategy for Advancing Teacher Practice

BetterLesson’s collaborative, tailored, research-based approach to diagnosing professional development needs helps leaders develop skills that actually change teacher practice, engage students, and improve outcomes.

Every participant receives full-year access to the online BetterLesson Lab which contains premium research based instructional strategies including videos, templates, and other planning tools.

The Lab allows educators to:

  • Select from thousands of curated strategies that align with the specific elements of practice they are focused on improving.
  • Gain insights on the ways other educators have implemented a strategy to determine how to best adapt it for their students.

BetterLesson Testimonials

We could not have designed initiatives to effectively address culturally responsive teaching practices without the partnership of BetterLesson and their Learning Walk. We have a concrete plan for how to move forward. This wasn’t just a warm and fuzzy experience.

Jeff Leslie
Superintendent, New Buffalo Area Schools, New Buffalo, MI

BetterLesson’s collaborative, tailored, research-based approach to diagnosing professional development needs helps leaders develop skills that actually change teacher practice, engage students, and improve outcomes.

Wanda Colon-Cesario
Secondary Biology Teacher, O'Dea High School, WA

Having participated myself in the BetterLesson PD, I know the caliber of the presenters is extremely impressive.  Their energy, experience and passion comes through in every session – and they offer practical hands-on suggestions from their personal teaching lives.

Cyrel Brudny
Principal, AVI CHAI - Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion, NJ

Providing teachers with opportunities to grow and improve their practices is so important. All teachers deserve individual attention to their development.

Jacqueline Erickson Russell
Education Program Officer, Kauffman Foundation, MO

I believe it is a transformative experience- especially for effective teachers. I feel as though 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.

Michael Skomba
High School Social Studies Teacher, Somerville Public Schools, NJ

Teachers need mentors. Personally, I loved that these coaches were able to provide outside knowledge to our teachers. When your mentor is from your school, there’s a high possibility of bias due them knowing you personally or knowing your school dynamics, with a Better Lesson Coach, their sole purpose is to coach you through strategy and reflection which allows a refreshing outlook on day to day situations.

Alicia Berry
Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Metropolitan School, Egypt
  • Jeff Leslie
    Superintendent, New Buffalo Area Schools, New Buffalo, MI
  • Wanda Colon-Cesario - Secondary Biology Teacher, O'Dea High School
    Wanda Colon-Cesario
    Secondary Biology Teacher, O'Dea High School, WA
  • Cyrel Brudny Principal — AVI CHAI - Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion
    Cyrel Brudny
    Principal, AVI CHAI - Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion, NJ
  • Jacqueline Erickson Russell
    Education Program Officer, Kauffman Foundation, MO
  • Michael Skomba - High School Social Studies Teacher, Somerville Public Schools (NJ)
    Michael Skomba
    High School Social Studies Teacher, Somerville Public Schools, NJ
  • Alicia Berry Director of Curriculum & Instruction — Metropolitan School
    Alicia Berry
    Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Metropolitan School, Egypt

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