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Center on Instruction

This guide offers a brief history of the classroom walk-through (CWT), a tool that has been widely used to improve instruction, then provides a few examples of CWT models, along with some challenges involved in using walk-throughs effectively. Next, the guide introduces the concept of a principal’s walk-through for adolescent literacy instruction (grades 4–12), including a section for reading interventions in grades 6–12. It offers brief descriptions of the elements of instruction that research suggests will improve overall student reading achievement. For each element of instruction you’ll find brief classroom examples of what a principal might expect to see in the classroom, as well as sample templates for states, districts, and schools to use or adapt.

School Leaders
High School, Middle School

Rissman, L. M., Miller, D.H., Torgesen, J. K. (2009). Adolescent Literacy Walk-Through for Principals: A Guide for Instructional Leaders. Portsmouth, NH: RMC Research Corporation, Center on Instruction.