Instructional Leadership Support

The IFL has an array of tools specifically designed for instructional leaders to assist them to plan and evaluate instructional initiatives squarely focused on the instructional core.

The IFL also offers coaching support for senior administrators around instructional problems of practice.
Our most customized service, this on-site coaching occurs with individuals or small groups. No matter the size of the problem, from a need for talk in pre-K classrooms to revising curriculum to support 21st century standards, we work with senior leaders to refine their craft and amplify their efforts to be even more organized and effective.

Our coaching supports leaders to do such things as:

  • develop and articulate a common vision for high quality instruction in the content areas;
  • develop and implement system-wide approaches to improve the quality of instruction in the content areas;
  • align instructional and assessment initiatives and professional development to the district’s vision of high quality instruction in the content areas;
  • collect and use multiple forms of data to inform instructional decisions and policies, develop professional learning systems, and evaluate the effectiveness of instructional and assessment initiatives; and
  • Conduct curriculum and program reviews for alignment to 21st century standards, best
    practices in the content areas, and the district’s vision of high quality instruction.

Below is a sampling of the types of tools we have in each category.

 

Professional Learning Tools

Classroom Observation Tools and Protocols

The IFL's content-specific observation tools and protocols assist educators at all levels to focus observations on the instructional core and provide non-evaluative feedback.

Professional Learning Community Resources

The IFL has a suite of tools to help educators develop, strengthen, and support professional learning communities. Tools help educators focus on instructional matters and engage in cycles of learn, apply, assess, and reflect.

Professional Development Modules

The IFL offers content-specific professional development modules specifically designed for professional learning communities. These modules include facilitator guides, slides, task sheets, and suggested readings

Studying Student Work Protocols

The IFL's studying student work protocols assist educators to analyze and discuss student work in order to determine what students know and can do and determine next steps for instruction and teacher professional development.

Coaching Tools

The IFL has a suite of content-specific and cross-content coaching tools designed to help coaches and instructional leaders clarify the role of a coach and maximize the coach’s effectiveness.

Leadership Tools

The IFL has an array of tools specifically designed for instructional leaders to assist them to plan and evaluate instructional initiatives squarely focused on the instructional core.

Teaching Tools

Performance Based Assessments

The IFL's PBAs in ELA, history, mathematics, and science prepare students for 21st century assessments and help teachers identify what students know and can do and determine next steps for instruction.

Formative Assessment Tools

The IFL's content-specific tools and routines assist teachers to use multiple means of assessment to determine what students know and where they need additional support.

Discussion Tools

The IFL has been in the business of helping teachers foster academically productive student talk for 20 years. We have a suite of content-specific and cross-content tools designed to cultivate student collaboration and productive student talk.

Text and Task Analysis Tools

The IFL's content-specific tools assist teachers to analyze the quality of texts and tasks for alignment with 21st century standards and the potential to build students' knowledge of core concepts in the content areas.

Lesson Planning Tools

The IFL's content-specific lesson planning tools assist educators to design instruction that advances students' learning and engages students in the intellectual struggle of learning.

Instructional Planning Tools

The IFL's content-specific instructional materials advance student learning, assist teachers to enact high-quality instruction, and provide educators with a model of coherent and challenging curricula.