Learning Walks

What gets studied, gets improved!

What are Learning Walks?

  • Informal classroom observations with a specific focus to collect data to inform improvement efforts in schools.
  • Looking intently at teaching and learning so as to make informed decisions about support and training that teachers and administrators need.
  • An opportunity for professionals to learn from one another and improve their teaching practice.
  • Brief 10 minutes
  • Some are aimed at looking for the 3 R’s (rigor, relevance, and relationship)
  • Can be subject and/or grade specific depending on the focus

Who and How?

  • Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Peer Coaches
  • School Board members
  • Community members


  • Identify a focus
  • Decide on evidence to collect, and how to make sense of it afterwards. What will you do with the data?
  • Use Facilitator for reflection
  • Feedback on data, not people

ELCC Standard 2.0

A building level education leader applies knowledge that promotes the success of every student by sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning through collaboration, trust, and a personalized learning environment with high expectations for students; creating and evaluating a comprehensive , rigorous, and coherent curricular and instructional school program; developing and supervising the instructional and leadership capacity of school staff; and promoting the most effective and appropriate technologies to support teaching and learning within a school environment.