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High Quality Instruction

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High Quality Instruction means curricula, teaching practices, and learning environments are standards-based, evidence-based, engaging, differentiated, culturally responsive, and data-driven.

Defining Elements

  • Instruction is based on academic standards, behavioral expectations, and social and emotional competencies valued by the community and that lead to college and career readiness
  • Academic, behavioral, social, and emotional curriculum are rigorous, relevant and aligned to values and standards
  • Teaching practices use high leverage evidence based and agreed upon instructional frameworks that develop learners’ academic, behavioral, social, and emotional knowledge, skills, and habits
  • Teaching strategies are differentiated, universally designed, and culturally responsive
  • Instruction is delivered in well-managed settings where learners feel safe, supported and proud to be themselves
  • Learner identities are positively represented in curricular materials and throughout the physical environment
  • Messages of high expectations and care for each learner are conveyed
  • Instruction is designed and delivered with understanding of and respect for the beliefs, practices, and experiences of learners and families
  • Learners’ success in mainstream society is achieved while sustaining learner identities, culture, and language
  • Delivery of instruction is supported through professional learning and coaching
  • Effectiveness of instruction is regularly reviewed through learner outcome and system implementation data at each level of support and adjusted as needed

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