Instructional Rounds

Monahan Elementary

Why are their strangers taking notes all over the school and in my classroom? :)

They are conducting Instructional Rounds! Monahan is a pilot campus for Instructional Rounds. Staff who attended the training are a member of an Instructional Rounds network within Sheldon ISD. The network (approximately 36 people) will come to our school and collect data in classrooms through transcribing in groups of 6-7. After the data collection, the network meets in a private room to debrief and analyze the data. The data is charted and analyzed in a variety of ways depending on what the school’s “Problem of Practice” is. Our “Problem of Practice” is higher level questioning and that is what the data analysis will be targeting.

How long will they collect data in my room?

No longer than 20 minutes.

What do I do when they come in my room?

The same thing you would do if they weren't there! :)

Is the network going to discuss my name and my data with others?

No names are ever discussed and teachers are labeled, “Teacher 1,” “Teacher 2,” etc. After the network has analyzed the data and created charts to present the information, all data is shredded. It is against group norms to discuss teacher names and anything other than the data collected. Opinions are never discussed... only DATA.

Will they ever share the data with me?

The school wide data may be presented to the staff (without names of course). Individual data will not be shared with teachers, because data is not labeled with teacher names.

What’s the point?

To collect school wide data through a network to gather data, improve instruction, and bridge the knowledge gap between educators and their practice.

Will this affect my PDAS evaluation?

No. This is completely separate and will not affect your PDAS evaluation. This data serves a different purpose. It is not a walkthrough or a 45 minute observation.


Inspired by the medical-rounds model used by physicians, the authors of Instructional Rounds in education have created a new form of professional learning known as instructional rounds networks. Through this process, education leaders and practitioners develop a shared understand of what high-quality instruction looks like and what schools and districts need to do to support it.

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