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Learning Walks

Learning Walks

Identify strengths or areas for development and systematically help your teachers improve their practice

Our approach helps you set goals for teachers and to track progress against them. Intended to support, not evaluate, our approach lets you know what to look for, and what to work through, together.

Why Conduct Learning Walks?


There is no better data source than watching learning happen in practice -- witnessing the progress of students and the art of teaching. District leaders may conduct learning walks, or tours of classrooms that are implementing student-centered learning initiatives to determine a baseline and then compare that to learning walk data later on - as a way to measure success and patterns over time. Learning walks can also assess the depth of a personalized learning implementation - and help to answer key questions: how has personalized learning been implemented in light of agreeded upon goals (e.g. the core four elements of personalized learning rubric)? what are the patterns across classrooms and schools? and what are the next steps in terms of support and collaboration? 

Classroom Walkthrough

What Do the Ed Elements Learning Walks Look Like?


The purpose of the Learning Walks is to (1) get a pulse check on implementation in order to identify areas of strength and challenge to inform support plans (2) model the walkthrough process for district and school teams so that they feel confident they can conduct walkthroughs and give constructive feedback on personalized learning instruction without Education Elements support.

Learning walks vary depends on where you're at in your implementation.

Generally speaking, we conduct two types of learning walks:

Initial Learning Walks:  These are typically six to eight weeks after the launch of an initiative or change in instructional practice. During these, we meet with teachers and leaders to discuss progress thus far, visit classrooms using an agreed-upon tool (we usually use and recommend our Walkthrough Guide) to provide a summary of observations, and we debrief as a group to discuss overall trends and recommended school actions based on observations. In light of these considerations, we create a plan together to provide professional development and continued support.

 

Second Learning Walks:  The second round of Education Elements led learning walks are typically six to eight weeks later, giving teachers time to reflect and iterate on their implementation. We follow the same format as the initial learning walks with a focus on the agreed-upon look fors based on the debrief of the initial walks. The debrief conversation of the second round allows for deeper discussions around measures of success and continued support. These also help to build the capacity of school/district leadership to lead learning walks allowing them to become an ongoing learning process.

Resources


Ed Elements Personalized Learning Methodology

About our approach to implementing personalized learning successfully at the district and school level.

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Classroom Walkthrough Guide

A short walkthrough guide gives you questions to use when conducting classroom and school visits.

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How to Assess Your District's PL's Implementation

The board wants proof that personalized learning is having a positive impact in your district. Parents are asking for evidence that these new strategies are improving their child’s education. How do you respond?

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Observing and Evaluating Blended Learning: One District’s Classroom Walkthrough Tool

Some of the most common questions we get, from superintendents to teachers, are, “How do I know if blended learning is working? Am I doing it right?” Good questions. And the answer is not…

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