ILP Curriculum Critical Content Three Year Course Schedule


Best Practices in Instruction and Assessment, Part I

Course content will include: developing an understanding of how the brain processes information, theories and principles of learning, learning styles and preferences, motivation, multiple intelligences, barriers to learning and their implications for teaching and learning, student engagement concepts and strategies, vocabulary development and concept attainment, skills and approaches for constructing understanding, literacy development across content areas, research-based instructional strategies, and how these methods connect to current learning theory.

Year 1: September - December


Best Practices in Instruction and Assessment, Part II

Building on ILP 1, course content will include: formative (assessment for) and summative (assessment of) learning, assessment research and strategies related to effective grading practices and evaluation, how to develop a balanced assessment system, and staying focused on the learner and the learning. Year 1: January - April


Coaching for Instructional Improvement

ILP 3 is a blended learning experience that includes course work, laboratories/workshops, and practicums. A distinctive element of the Nova Scotia Instructional Leadership Program is the Skilful Observational Coaching Laboratory™ workshops and the Artisan Teacher™ institute intended to help instructional leaders learn to use descriptive and specific feedback for teachers focused on their teaching talents. Participants will learn and become proficient at four coaching techniques practiced in a school setting. Practicums include practice of the coaching tools, completion of learning logs, and reflections on the coaching process. The curriculum focuses on best practice, theory, and research. ILP 3 is introduced in the two-day Artisan Teacher ™ institute, scheduled for August (Year 2). This institute is held in the Halifax-Dartmouth area. Year 2: September– January


Instructional Design: Culturally Responisive Teaching and Leadership

Course content includes a focus on culturally responsive instructional design, teaching strategies, and leadership practices. The course will examine the big ideas, essential questions, and unifying concepts in instructional design from the perspective of the culturally proficient instructional leader and teacher. It will also include an examination of effective practices for community building in the classroom and the school, lesson and unit planning through a culturally responsive and inclusive lens, and positive classroom management strategies.

Year 2: January - April


Using Data for Instructional and School Improvement

Building on the first four courses, participants will learn how to collect different kinds of data using multiple data sources, how to organize and disaggregate data, analyze data for instructional themes and patterns, present and communicate data findings, use data to influence instructional changes, and lead data-driven discussions for improving instruction.

Year 3: September - December


Developing a Community of Practice

Course content will focus on understanding the characteristics and components of professional learning communities (PLCs) and collaborative learning teams (CLTs); developing strategies for initiating, moving, and sustaining PLCs and CLTs; developing strategies for teacher learning (study groups, peer visitation, coaching, action research, networks); and developing learning plans for the school. The course will also include knowledge and skill building related to culture shaping and leadership factors that help to build professional learning communities. Year 3: January - April
Final Culminating Assessment Participants will be expected to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired from the six courses, their practicum experiences, coaching experiences, and their action research. Year 3: April–May