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Tip of the Trade

May 25, 2017

Did you attend the Response to Intervention at Work Institute in Quebec City, May 10-12, 2017? Are you wondering how you are going to implement some of the principles in your school? How will you get started?

One way to mobilize your colleagues around professional collaboration is to use scales or descriptive rubrics to assess the current status of your team around a given set of competences. We can find such scales for the implementation of Professional Learning Communities in ‘Learning By Doing’ by the Dufours for example.

Victoria Bernhardt has developed a similar set of scales entitled ‘Continuous School Improvement Continuums’. But did you know that she also has developed a set of continuums for RTI?     Click here for Victoria Bernhardt scales, found on the Education for the Future Website, in the download section!

How to use the scales with your team

A nice way to use scales with you team is to use the following protocol.

Intro:  The facilitator asks the driving question:  In your opinion, what is the level of our team for…

Step 1:  Individually and silently, participants indicate their own assessment on their own set of scales using a colored dot



Step 2: Each participant records their self-assessment on the ‘group’ set of scales using a colored dot

Step 3: Group discussion: What are the highlights? What are the similarities and differences? What are our perceptions about the strengths? The challenges?

Step 4: Identify the team priorities. A conclusion to this discussion can focus on the priorities for professional development: where do we need to put our effort and time so we can progress.

This is a great strategy to establish cohesion and a common understanding about the priorities for adult learning.

Another interesting tip is that the self-assessment can be carried out at the beginning of the school year, and the again at the end to identify the progress and again, where to focus our efforts….