Classroom Walkthroughs: Understanding the Impact of Personalized Instructional Shifts
8:30am - 11:30am
Note: this workshop is SOLD OUT
A major challenge of trying innovative things in the education space is measuring impact of these changes along the way. Highlander Institute has created a three-pronged measurement plan to help school teams leading personalized initiatives quantify impact by understanding the extent to which instruction is shifting (process measure), whether those shifts correlate to increases in student outcomes (outcome measure), and how much teachers and students like the changes underway (balance measure). This session will explore the tools and resources used by the Highlander Institute team to collect process measure data that quantifies instructional change within a classroom. Participants will review the tools and engage in a simulated calibration activity to standardize observation, interpretation, and scoring practices. The session will conclude with the examination of how calibrated walkthrough data collected by the Highlander Institute over the past three years has generated important evidence for various coaching practices and logistics, as well as impact data supporting personalized learning priorities for various student subgroups. All materials are open source, allowing participants to bring the entire process back to their schools to train a walkthrough team, or leverage pieces of the process to customize to local context.