Lammerville Joint USD

Matthew Balzarini, Board President; Kirk Nicholas, Superintendent

The Lammersville USD Board of Trustees have set direction to provide their 5,900 students with a 21st Century educational experience. This direction is based on the belief that collaborative adult relationships work for students. During the 2014 school year, the board approved a plan designed to systematically improve instruction across the district. Walking and Talking Instruction is a professional development practice which partners teachers and administrators as they collaboratively observe classroom instruction using a standardized rubric. Participant’s understanding is built through a calibration exercise before teams observe multiple classrooms per site. Rubric based observation data is collected and discussed amongst the entire group of educators with a focus on best instructional practices. Ideas are shared and plans made to bring the best practices for implementation back to each school site. The LUSD Board of Trustees supports innovative approaches to professional development and inspires its educators to work as partners.