Instructional Rounds Continue – Year 2

The division instructional leadership will be engaged in Instructional Rounds once again this 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 continue to be:

  1. to increase division leaders’ presence in our schools and classrooms;
  2. to ensure our connectedness to the hard work of teaching and learning; and,
  3. to demonstrate support to our professionals and the division’s commitment to teamwork.

We completed our first set of Instructional Round this past week, as teams visited Byrd Elementary School, Goochland Elementary School, Goochland Middle School, and Goochland High School.

Division administrators in our classrooms … exactly where we need to be.

Ms. Megan Donovan, grade 1, leads her students inside from a life science lesson in the Byrd Elementary School courtyard.

A student at Byrd Elementary School is ready to share his answer during a Fundations early literacy lesson.

Ms. Holly Swift leads a literacy lesson for an eager group of second grade students.

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