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Instructional Practice Guide

The Instructional Practice Guide includes coaching and lesson planning tools to help teachers and those who support teachers to make the Key Shifts in instructional practice required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  

In order for teachers, colleagues, and instructional leaders to have meaningful and productive conversations about instructional goals and outcomes, there must be shared expectations regarding lesson planning and observation. These tools provide common criteria framed around the Key Shifts required by the CCSS that can be used to facilitate conversations between teachers and coaches about aligning content and instruction. By using these tools to reflect on practice, clear connections can be made between Common Core-aligned lesson planning and classroom instruction--conversations which can supplement information from other established observation protocols that focus on planning and preparation,  classroom management and environment, and professional responsibilities. 


Coaching

Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching Tool  

The Coaching Tool (available in both print and digital versions) helps teachers, and those who support them, build understanding about CCSS-aligned instruction. It is organized around three Core Actions that encompass the Key Shifts in instructional practice. Each Core Action consists of individual indicators that describe teacher and student behaviors that exemplify Common Core-aligned instruction.  

Built as a companion to the Lesson Planning Tool, the Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching Tool is regularly revisited and updated in response to feedback from the field to provide clear examples of what the CCSS for Mathematics/ELA look like in the classroom. 

Current versions of the tool can be found below on this page.  

K-2 ELA / Literacy Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching

The Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching Tool assists teachers, and those who support them,  build understanding about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned instruction.

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3-12 ELA / Literacy Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching

The Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching Tool assists teachers, and those who support them, build understanding about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned instruction.

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K-8 Mathematics Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching

The Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching Tool assists teachers, and those who support them,  build understanding about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned instruction.

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High School Mathematics Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching

The Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching Tool assists teachers, and those who support them,  build understanding about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned instruction.

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Lesson Planning

Instructional Practice Guide: Lesson Planning Tool

The Lesson Planning Tool (digital version only) guides teachers through a series of prompts about the lesson content, structure, and activities to ensure the Shifts required by the CCSS are central to the lesson. English Language Arts teachers will be guided through the process of creating a close-reading lesson. Math teachers will focus on grade or course-level standards while developing lessons. These lessons can be easily shared with a coach in advance of a non-evaluative observation focused on Common Core-aligned classroom instruction.

Instructional Practice Guide: Lesson Planning

The Instructional Practice Guide: Lesson Planning Tool guides teachers through a series of prompts about the lesson content, structure, and activities to ensure the Shifts required by the CCSS are central to the lesson.

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