Instructional Rounds is a network approach to improving teaching and learning developed at Harvard University by Elizabeth City, Richard Elmore, Sarah Fiarman and Lee Teitel and showcased in their book “Instructional Rounds in Education” (Elizabeth A. City, Richard F. Elmore, Sarah E. Fiarman, and Lee Teitel). This model was adapted by both the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and the Ontario Ministry of Education to support their research on student learning.

Rounds is a process of bringing together teachers, principals and board leads in the development of a common focus of learning that supports high-quality instruction. It involves observation and analysis of classroom instruction and discusses next steps to support student learning in a classroom. This focus of learning is aligned with school and board improvement plans.