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Core Practice 2: Create Standards-Based Learning Targets

Coaching cycles are driven by goals for student learning rather than by what we think the teacher should be doing. This keeps coaching focused on student learning and away from evaluation. 

After a goal is identified, it is unpacked into student-friendly learning targets so that the teacher and coach understand what the students should know and be able to do.

What it Looks/Sounds Like?

  • Student-friendly learning targets are co-constructed into lesson-sized chunks of student learning
  • Learning targets can focus on knowledge and/or skills
  • A collection of learning targets are used as a criteria for student performance
  • Existing rubrics or other criteria may support the use of learning targets
  • Using learning targets focuses the coaching cycle on student learning





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