Quality, research-based instructional practices are key to learner success. Since 2014, TPS has worked with Action Learning Systems to align instructional practices throughout the district. Based on research-based best practices, Action Learning Systems, Inc. developed an instructional framework to increase learner achievement.

This framework, Direct Interactive Instruction (DII), focuses on four essential instructional components to maximize the learner success rate:

  • Standards and Measurable Objectives
    • Clear and identified learning goals
  • Lesson Structure and Sequence
    • Gradual release of learning responsibility from learning facilitator to learner
    • I do > We do > You do
  • Learner Engagement
    • Multiple levels of engagement
    • Frequent checks for understanding
    • Clear feedback
  • Proactive Classroom Management
    • Rules and procedures are intentionally taught and consistently applied

This instructional framework is the base for all lesson planning, from small group instruction to collaborative project-based learning to our musical courses. These research-based practices ensure that all learning opportunities are designed to have the greatest impact on learner success.

All learning facilitators receive initial training and then ongoing coaching for their continued growth in instructional practices. TPS has four Instructional Coaches who work one-on-one with each learning facilitator to support his or her instructional practices. This professional coaching helps facilitators refine their teaching practices to improve instruction and learning outcomes for learners.

Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy

The purpose of theses documents is to increase Michigan’s capacity to improve children’s literacy by identifying a small set of research-supported instructional practices that could be the focus of professional development throughout the state. The focus of the document is on classroom practices, rather than on school- or systems-level practices. Research suggests that each of these ten practices in every classroom every day could make a measurable positive difference in the State’s literacy achievement.