Best First Instruction
While the need for best first instruction is well understood in the field, it is not necessarily in place at our highest need schools. Instead, practitioners often look to interventions as the solution for students that are below proficient. In fact, it takes best first instruction and appropriate, aligned interventions in order to ensure that students catch-up and keep-up, (as noted in the state’s accountability system). Both of these areas must be in place if educators are to make a difference with at-risk students.
According to the reports generated by the ESP reviews, the following were the highest ranked Instruction standard indicators among all schools:
- The schedule is designed to provide quality instructional time
- Instructional strategies are planned, delivered, and monitored to meet the changing needs of a diverse student population
- Instructional services are provided to students to address individual needs and to close learning gaps
- Teachers analyze student work as well as test results to assess student progress and achievement, identify achievement gaps, and make changes to instruction
- Classroom assessments are frequent, rigorous, and aligned with standards
For more information regarding implementation of this standard, follow this link to be directed to the Best First Instruction section of the High Growth Title I Schools Study: Summary Report.
Video clips of principals discussing their successes with some of the best first instruction indicators:
- Data informs teaching and learning
- Best first instruction video 1 - Principal discusses using data to set grade-level and teacher goals.
- Quality instructional time
- Well-planned lessons framed around standards/curricula
- Best first instruction video 4 - Principal talks about connecting instruction to standards.
Follow the links below for more information on how these schools are implementing best first instruction.
Effective School Practices (ESP) review reports
- Metro Elementary School 1 - see page 12
- Metro Elementary School 2 - see page 11
- Metro Elementary School 3 - see page 11
- Metro Middle School - see page 11
- North Central Elementary School - see page 10
- Northeast Elementary School - see page 11
- Northwest Elementary School - see page 11
- South Central High School - see page 10
- Southwest Elementary School - see page 11
- Metro Elementary School 1 - see page 5
- Metro Elementary School 2 - see page 6
- Southwest Elementary School - see page 3
For Additional Information Contact:
Trish Boland, Ph.D.
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Nazanin Mohajeri-Nelson, Ph.D.
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