A practical and productive approach to professional learning and coaching cycles that results in consistently implemented practices to meet a school’s specific and unique needs.

The Designed Directions Cycle (DDC) uses specifically designed, researched-based protocols, systems, and structures to achieve a full learning and teaching cycle that builds overall capacity to ensure effective classroom practice. The aim of the Designed Direction Cycle is to ensure all teaching teams use common planning and collaborative time effectively.

  • Clearly identify prioritized standards
  • Analyze and develop common assessments and demonstration tasks
  • Make use of data analysis and external assessments to inform instructional decisions
  • Discuss and design differentiated strategies to ensure quality learning
  • Encourage quality collaboration with colleagues
  • Disseminate best practices across the school

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