Instructional Excellence | How to Achieve It

Find resources to support excellent teaching practice and the use of standards, data and curriculum to improve instruction.

LLE Data Dialogue Protocol

Lead Learn Excel has developed a number of “data dialogue” protocols to help leaders follow the steps of the Inclusive Inquiry Cycle. A “data dialogue” is a structured, collaborative conversation where leaders, teachers, and other key stakeholders get together to analyze data and build a shared understanding of programmatic goals that will inform decisions about continuous quality improvement.

https://www.theounce.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/156ClassroomObservationDataDialogueProtocol.pdf

Lead Learn Excel Focused Teaching Cycle

Use this Focused Teaching Cycle to guide standards-aligned, data-informed teacher planning for high-impact interactions and instruction for young children through four steps. The Ounce, 2014.

https://www.theounce.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LeadLearnExcel-FocusedTeachingCycle-171.pdf

Lead Learn Excel Team Lesson Planning Overview – Preschool

Use this lesson planning overview with the Focused Teaching Cycle to guide the questions and resources needed at each stage of planning for high-quality preschool instruction. The Ounce, 2014.

https://www.theounce.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LeadLearnExcel-PreschoolLessonPlanningProtocol-175.pdf

Lead Learn Excel Team Lesson Planning Overview – Infant & Toddler

Use this lesson planning overview with the Focused Teaching Cycle to guide the questions and resources needed at each stage of planning for high-quality interactions and instruction for infants and toddlers. The Ounce, 2014.

https://www.theounce.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LeadLearnExcel-ITLessonPlanningProtocol-240.pdf

Supervisor Planning Guide: Promoting Effective Classroom Instructional Interactions

This quick read from the National Center on Quality Teaching & Learning (NCQTL) outlines what supervisors can do to support teachers in high-quality practice in early learning classrooms. NCQTL, 2012.

http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching/docs/foster_SupervisorTools.pdf

National Center on Quality Teaching & Learning (NCQTL) In-Services

Fifteen-minute tutorials from NCQTL are designed to provide busy leaders with actionable information to support effective teaching and assessment practices. NCQTL, 2015.

http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching/practice/iss-library.html

Framework for Effective Practice: Engaging Interactions & Environments

This set of free tools from the National Center on Quality Teaching & Learning (NCQTL) focuses on the fundamentals of high-quality practice: instructional interactions, social-emotional support, and well-organized classrooms. NCQTL, 2015.

http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching/practice/engage/engage.html

Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach to Dramatically Improving Instruction*

This book by Jim Knight provides tools and resources to create a roadmap for improving instruction through targeted, consistent professional learning. Corwin, 2011.

http://www.corwin.com/books/Book235617

Choosing a Preschool Curriculum

Use these tools and consumer reports from the National Center on Quality Teaching & Learning (NCQTL) to choose a preschool curriculum and assure its high-quality implementation. NCQTL, 2015.

http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching/practice/curricula/research.html

Coaching with Powerful Interactions*

This book from Judy Jablon, Amy Laura Dombro and Shaun Johnsen guides leaders and coaches in supporting teachers improve their practice. NAEYC, 2014.

http://www.powerfulinteractions.com/books/

Classroom Observation Tools & Supports

Why CLASS? The Promise of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

This free e-book describes the CLASS observation tool, which provides leaders with data they can use to improve instruction and achieve higher levels of quality in ExceleRate. Teachstone Training, 2015.

http://info.teachstone.com/ebook-what-is-class

Understanding and Using CLASS for Program Improvement

This brief overview of CLASS summarizes the different ways results can be used to improve instruction and interactions. National Center for Quality Teaching & Learning, 2012.

http://content.cleverex.com/hslc/tta-system/teaching/docs/class-brief.pdf

Improving Teacher-Child Interactions: Using the CLASS in Head Start Preschool Programs

This guide from the National Center on Quality Teaching & Learning (NCQTL) provides directions on how to use CLASS to collect and apply data to support improvement. NCQTL, 2013.

http://content.cleverex.com/hslc/tta-system/teaching/docs/using-the-class.pdf

In-Service Suites to Support Use of the CLASS

The National Center on Quality Teaching & Learning (NCQTL) has curated 15-minute in-services aligned to CLASS to support leaders and teachers in improving instruction. NCQTL, 2014.

http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching/practice/crosswalk.html

Effective Teacher-Child Interactions – CLASS Video Samples

Explore short videos from real classrooms that demonstrate effective interactions and instruction for infants, toddlers and preschool children. Teachstone Training LLC, 2015.

http://teachstone.com/resources/videos/video-library-samples/

Danielson Framework for Teaching

his site provides resources on Charlotte Danielson’s research-based framework for teaching. Danielsongroup.org, 2013.

https://danielsongroup.org/framework/

CLASS and Danielson Framework for Teaching Crosswalk

Many early childhood programs use both CLASS and the Danielson Framework for Teaching; learn how they align. Teachstone Training LLC, DATE.

http://info.teachstone.com/hs-fs/hub/336169/file-1447857578-pdf/PDF_or_Documents/Crosswalk_CLASS-Danielson.pdf

Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scales (ECERS-R)

The ECERS-R tool provides valuable data leaders can use to improve practice in preschool classrooms and achieve higher levels of quality in ExceleRate. FPG Child Development Institute, DATE.

http://ers.fpg.unc.edu/early-childhood-environment-rating-scale-ecers-r

Tips for Using the ECERS

This fact sheet summarizes guidelines for using the ECERS in your preschool classrooms. The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, 2014.

http://mccormickcenter.nl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/ECERS-R-Tips1.pdf

Infant-Toddler Environmental Rating Scale (ITERS-R) Overview

The ITERS-R tool provides valuable data leaders can use to improve practice in infant-toddler classrooms and achieve higher levels of quality in ExceleRate. FPG Child Development Institute, DATE.

http://ers.fpg.unc.edu/node/84

Tips for Using the ITERS

This fact sheet summarizes guidelines for using the ITERS in your infant/toddler classrooms. The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, 2015.

http://mccormickcenter.nl.edu/tips-for-using-the-infanttoddler-environment-rating-scale-revised/