Instructional Rounds Academy

Presented by Dr. Sheila Maher

August 19, 20, and 21 - Houston, TX


The Instructional Rounds Academy is an interactive professional development experience that provides district or campus teams with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully implement Instructional Rounds as a powerful improvement practice. It is best to attend as a district leadership or campus team, including the principal, of four to six members. The team will work together to learn the four components of rounds and the keys to successful implementation.

The academy will be facilitated by Dr. Sheila Maher, a practitioner with 30+ years of experience. She is formerly the Associate Superintendent of Educational Services for Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Sheila has also served as a teacher, content mastery facilitator, and high school principal. Sheila has attended the Instructional Rounds Institutes at Harvard University and authored the article, "The Promise of an Instructional Improvement Practice: Instructional Rounds" (School Business Magazine, 2012).

Register Your Team

The cost of the academy is $230 per team member, which includes the workshop, lunch (Days 1 and 2), and all resources, including a copy of Instructional Rounds in Education. Take advantage of the savings! The ASCD cost for the academy is typically $2,300 for a team of four. Space is limited. Register your team now and submit a purchase order or check payable to Sheldon ISD by June 30, 2015.


FAX: 281-727-2093

Sheldon ISD

C/O Advanced Academics

11411 C.E. King Parkway

Houston, TX 77044

What Educators Say About Instructional Rounds...

This was by far the most amazing training I have ever attended. I love how it was hands-on! I am confident I can go back to campus and implement instructional rounds.

Elizabeth Gonzalez, Sheldon ISD

This has been the most challenging and rewarding event that I have attended during my tenure at the ESC. It brings together so many elements for improvement of instruction and professional growth. Bravo!

Mary Bush Thomas, ESC 16

I have been to many trainings over the last 15 years, but this has been one of my favorites. Dr. Maher is calm and practical. Information was scaffolded, my time was valued, and I can honestly say I am smarter than I was three days ago!

Kim Carlton, Richardson ISD


Day 1: 8 AM - 4 PM

  • Creating and Sustaining an Instructional Culture
  • What's so different about Rounds?
  • Developing a Meaningful Problem of Practice
  • Observing Instructional Practice: the Power of Descriptive Evidence

Day 2: 8 AM - 4 PM

  • Conducting a High Quality Rounds Debrief
  • Analysis, Prediction, Next Level of Work, Short Term Targets
  • More than One Day: Rounds Momentum Plan
  • Critical Details: Structure, Networks, and Norms

Day 3: 8 AM - noon

  • Success: Who's driving? What's the Plan?
  • Resources for Rounds

Save the Date

Wednesday, Aug. 19th, 8am to Friday, Aug. 21st, 12pm

11411 C E King Pkwy

Houston, TX