Instructional Rounds (IR) is an educational practice designed to develop a shared understanding of effective learning and teaching and to bring discussion of instruction directly into the process of school improvement. Originating in a partnership between Harvard Graduate School of Education and the our Superintendents’ Network, instructional rounds emerged as a systematic way to get educators into classrooms, collecting descriptive evidence, identifying trends and patterns, and figuring out ways to advance collective instructional practice. IR is based on the medical rounds model, and the educational adaptation of this model is described in the book Instructional Rounds in Education.
Partners for Educational Leadership has introduced and facilitated instructional rounds in numerous districts over the last 15 years. Under Partners’ guidance, IR implementation is a highly structured, protocol-driven process, focused on the instructional core — the interaction between students and teachers around content identified by the school leadership team. Through practice and continuous improvement, Partners have learned that instructional rounds is a game-changer, helping frame and solve problems of instructional practice while empowering educators and district administrators.