The power of committing to an instructional priority
For educators, there’s always too much to do, so many balls to keep in the air. But when it comes to fostering instructional change, choosing just one or two priorities to focus on can make a huge difference.
For educators there’s always too much to do, so many balls to keep in the air. But when it comes to fostering instructional change, choosing just one or two areas of focus makes a huge difference. The clarity, alignment, and cohesion created when schools commit to an instructional priority results in powerful teaching and learning—and results for students.
Use the CCSS Instructional Practice Guides from Achieve the Core to help you determine instructional priorities for literacy and math. Informed by the instructional shifts and designed to support teacher development, teachers and coaches can use this tool to inform and improve planning and instruction.
You'll find that the concrete and observable indicators of effective, Common Core-aligned instruction included in this tool help teachers and leaders develop a shared understanding of what they want to see and hear in the classroom—that way, everyone is on the same page as they work to improve their practice.
Watch this video to learn how Patrick Love, principal at Alain Locke Charter School in Chicago, IL, thinks about setting and pursuing an instructional priority.