The division instructional leadership team has been engaged in Instructional Rounds since September. Another component to the positive momentum of the 2012-13 school year, the “rounds” model is borrowed from the medical field in order to better connect division administrators to the important work taking place in classrooms every day.
The backdrop for our GCPS efforts thus far has been City et al.’s book entitled Instructional Rounds in Education.
The book is described as, “a network approach to improving teaching and learning,” and its main focus is to assist educational leaders and practitioners in developing a shared understanding of what high-quality instruction looks like and what schools and divisions need to do to support it.
During our rounds, small teams visit classrooms and other instructional spaces (gymnasiums, band rooms, athletic fields, etc.) over the course of a morning or an afternoon. Our primary objectives for 2012-13, as we begin this new practice, are as follows:
- Increase division leaders’ presence in our schools and classrooms
- Ensure our connectedness to the hard work of teaching and learning
- Demonstrate support to our professionals and the division’s commitment to teamwork
We completed our third Instructional Round this afternoon, as Mrs. Dianna Gordon, Mr. Tom DeWeerd, and Mr. John Hendron visited Goochland Middle & Goochland High School. Mrs. Deborah Beasley, Mr. Bruce Watson, and I spent the afternoon at Byrd Elementary School.
Division administrators in our classrooms … exactly where we need to be.