Collaborative, Technology-Enhanced Lesson Planning as an Organizational Routine for Continuous, School-Wide Instructional Improvement

This project's purpose is to develop and document the feasibility of a school-wide policy for documenting and sharing lesson plans, observations, and reflections.  Through an iterative design process, the project will establish both a suite of electronic tools for creating lesson plans that promote known characteristics of effective instruction, as well as the social practices that support collaborative creations of and reflection on lesson plans.  The final objective is to create a viable prototype of a systemic, integrated set of routines rooted in lesson planning that (a) improves the school organization; (b) improves the quality of professional conversations in teacher professional communities; and (c) improves the rigor, coherence and evidence base of instructional practice through deprivatizing, deepening and systematizing the ways in which teachers prepare for and deliver lessons.