As school districts complete their Academic Recovery Plans in alignment with ESSER funding mandates, it is essential to include how they will accelerate learning across all modalities – in-person, remote, and hybrid. In this post, check out our top 7 tips for maintaining high quality remote and hybrid instruction — or download the free guide of practical look-fors adapted from the National Standards for Quality Online Teaching.Read on if you’re looking for a way to:
- Build buy-in for online walkthroughs
- Get started with a practical framework for online instruction
- Create a culture of growth over compliance
Tip 1: Emphasize Self-Reflection
Walkthroughs that are implemented well promote self-reflection at multiple levels. Educators, coaches, building leaders and district administrators have much to gain by continually asking “Why does this happen?” Intentionally spur this kind of thinking by including open-response questions such as “Glows and Grows” (“What areas of strengths did you observe?” / “What is one bite-sized next step you would recommend to improve student learning?”) on walkthrough forms.
Tip 2: Align Look-Fors to PD Goals to Identify Gaps in Practice
When designing your walkthrough, explicitly align look-fors to your professional learning goals. Think of this way: what would you need to see in a classroom to know your PL was successful? Answering the question “So what happened next?” tells us if PD supports are translating into the classroom.
Tip 3: Put Trust-Building First for Remote Teams
Regular walkthroughs can make school leaders more visible, engaged, and knowledgeable about the state of instruction in the school—an opportunity to build trust in leadership, and simultaneously a risk to morale if the foundation of trust isn’t there. Be transparent about how data from the walkthroughs will be used. Will it be anonymized or named? What follow-up will occur? How will the data be shared back with teachers? Answering these questions openly at the onset of a new walkthrough program is critical.