While the Power Walkthrough process allows school leaders to conduct informal observations in individual classrooms, the emphasis is on aggregating the data up to the building and district level. By collecting multiple data points on all teachers and then looking at the picture, those data points begin to paint a picture of the school or district, whereby administrators and curriculum directors can thoroughly analyze the extent to which professional development is actually impacting classroom teaching and learning.

This observation process provides a tool to measure outputs rather than inputs. Using skills learned in the workshop, administrators can begin engaging in reflective conversations with staff and teams to look at where they are, where they want to go, and what they are going to do to get there.

McREL’s Power Walkthrough seminar and software helps school leaders improve the value of their classroom observations. Use tech tools such as a PDA, Blackberry, Tablet PC or iPhone to integrate the learnings of Classroom Instruction that Works, Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works, and School Leadership That Workswith school and district-wide instruction and student achievement.

Here’s what you’ll learn

  • How to identify Classroom Instruction That Works use in your classrooms
  • How to focus observations on:
  • Instructional strategies
  • Student engagement
  • Teacher use of technology


Here’s what you’ll do

  • Practice use of technology tool to implement Power Walkthrough software
  • Engage in discussion and practice to clarify the role Power Walkthrough will have in your school district to support improved student achievement