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Services for Schools and Systems

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We all want to give teachers the support they need to move the needle on student outcomes. While in theory we know that improving daily instruction is the best way to meet every student’s needs, in practice leadership teams often struggle to build instructional support structures that improve students’ daily learning experiences.

To achieve our goal we need to focus on developing leaders’ capacity to deliver consistent professional learning experiences that boost instructional quality and translate into student gains.

Instructional leaders are in the best position to build teacher capacity in a way that drives improvement.


Here’s how:

  1. Break the mental model of products or one-off teacher PD as the solution.
  2. Leverage what they know best—their people, their culture, and their context.
  3. Supercharge existing teacher support structures, including collaborative planning time as well as observation and feedback.
  4. Create a positive learning environment for teachers and students.
  5. Get nerdy with content-specific Tier 1 instruction.
Observe & Collect Evidence; Reflect & Create an Action Plan; Build & Add Capacity

Our partnership model

We support schools through recurring cycles of improvement, grounded in the needs of priority students.

Observe & Collect Evidence 

  • Lead classroom walkthroughs with school leaders 
  • Conduct teacher focus groups 
  • Collect implementation data
  • Take stock of existing professional learning structures

Reflect & Create Action Plan 

  • Share trend identification in a follow-up report using data, classroom examples, and qualitative evidence
  • Perform root cause analysis of identified trends 
  • Determine focus of work, goals, and progress monitoring metrics

Build & Add Capacity 

  • Provide tailored support for teachers, coaches, and leadership teams, aligned to the action plan. For example, support plans can include:
  • Setting an instructional vision
  • Building leaders’ instructional knowledge
  • Strengthening professional learning structures (collaborative planning; observation and feedback)
  • Forming and co-facilitating PLCs 
  • Side-by-side coaching

Hear from our partners

A district leader from Woodville ISD, a rural district in Texas, shared what it’s been like to build instructional leadership capacity and strengthen teacher support systems.

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Leaders, teachers, and students from Haywood County schools, a rural district in Tennessee, shared their experience with The “Reader/Writer Project” a 45-minute instructional block dedicated solely to targeted, small-group foundational skills instruction.

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Leaders from Frayser Community Schools, a neighborhood charter network in Memphis, TN, shared what it’s been like engaging with Instruction Partners to support excellent science instruction.

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Ready to get started?

Get in touch with our partnership team.