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The Structure and Design Matter

This course is for new instructional leaders or for those who are using a new instrument for evaluation and/or support. The lessons address the basic structures of an instructional framework and allow the instructional leader, regardless of the instrument being used, to develop a big picture understanding of the design. It is considered a “beginner” course.

Learning Targets:

As an instructional leader, I can:

  • Develop strategies to deconstruct my district’s instructional framework, leading to a deeper understanding of the expectations in each category/indicator/standard.
  • Distinguish between performance ratings using key levers.

Final Assessment:

Choose 1 classroom practice indicator. Prepare for a conversation with a teacher to explain the following:

  • the overarching intent of the indicator
  • the key lever between performance ratings
  • how student outcomes, behaviors, or dispositions have been integrated


Resources You Will Need:

Your district’s instructional framework




Making Connections

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Easy

This lesson orients the learner to previous use of rubrics.

Analyzing the Structure

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Standard

In this lesson, learners will analyze their own instructional frameworks to determine the basic structure.

Determining the Intent

Length: 25 minutesComplexity: Standard

In this lesson, learners will analyze the overarching intent of indicators and domains, paying close attention to the role of the students/stakeholders.

Recognizing Key Levers

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

Paying close attention to the differences between performance levels is another important step in deconstructing a rubric as the deep understanding of the “key levers” is critical to accurately select ratings…