Our division leadership team has been engaged in instructional rounds for the past ten years. The “rounds” model is one adapted from the medical field in an effort to better connect administrators to the most important work in our division: day-to-day teaching and learning.
The backdrop of our team’s approach is 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 supporting 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.
This practice has endured over the last decade because it works. It’s also an effective way to acknowledge the outstanding work our teachers and support staff lead every single day.
Our most recent instructional rounds were conducted last week at Goochland Elementary School.