Developing Implementation Benchmarks and Observation Tools

SLC provides multiple methods for developing and monitoring implementation benchmarks. We use instructional frameworks for each of the 5 components of reading to support the implementation of differentiated small-group reading instruction. Teachers choose instructional groups and frameworks based on diagnostic data and a decision-making guide we have developed for grades K-3. Teachers’ use of data and frameworks become a key factor in determining implementation progress. In addition to SLC’s instructional frameworks, we also provide observation guides aligned to each one. Administrators, coaches, and teachers are trained on both the use of the frameworks and how the observation tools can be used to track implementation. SLC works with administrators and coaches to set implementation benchmarks that align to the frameworks and observation guides. Then, SLC facilitators regularly complete classroom observations with both coaches and administrators to track progress.

Observation Tools: In addition to the use of SLC benchmarks and observation tools for supporting small-group reading instruction, SLC facilitators also support the development of observation tools with teachers, administrators, and other instructional leaders. This tool includes various categories based on the school’s goals and instructional foci. Based on this tool, an SLC facilitator works collaboratively with instructional leaders to develop implementation benchmarks. This observation tool can track levels of implementation (on a scale of 1 – 4) and track implementation progress across time. This tool is also useful in identifying PD needs and as a coaching tool (without the rating scale). The SLC facilitator will provide guidance on best uses for the tool that support a collaborative learning environment.

Krista Morrison