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Harvard Graduate School of Education

Improving Math Instruction Through Feedback

Oct 18—Nov 3, 2019
USD 149

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Learn practical approaches to improving math instruction using the Mathematical Quality of Instruction (MQI) coaching protocols.


How can the teacher observation process have a greater impact on the day-to-day instruction of math teachers? How can coaching be more specific, effective, and practical in the math classroom?

Improving Math Instruction Through Feedback is an online professional development program for K-12 educators looking to improve instructional coaching for math teachers. Based upon the research of HGSE Professor Heather Hill, the workshop provides strategies for promoting high-quality math instruction and explores the role of school leaders, instructional coaches, and peer teachers in that process. The workshop begins with an introduction to Mathematical Quality of Instruction (MQI), an observation instrument and set of protocols that support teachers, coaches, and principals in analyzing instruction and planning for improvement. You will then practice observing classrooms and engaging in coaching conversations using MQI and other protocols. In the final portion of the workshop, you will explore strategies for using rubric-based coaching with instructional video capture in your own setting.

Program Details

This two-week online workshop includes a mix of self-paced learning, group discussion, and job-embedded application. Activities include:

  • Video lectures from Professor Hill
  • Research summaries and assigned readings
  • Self-assessment and reflection prompts
  • Facilitated cohort discussions
  • Job-embedded practice where you will apply the concepts and techniques learned
  • Access to the MQI video library, which contains exemplars of high-quality mathematics instruction
  • A core part of the HGSE experience is cohort learning, and this curriculum is designed to create a community of practice for participants to learn with and from each other.

The online workshop will require a total of 5-7 hours of work. Participants who complete all individual assessments and contribute to group discussions will receive a certificate indicating completion of five clock hours of instruction.

*Note: all content is self-paced, including group discussions. Facilitators will moderate discussion boards throughout the two-week program.


  • Understand the principles of effective coaching and how to leverage them to improve math instruction
  • Discover a framework for analyzing math instruction and explore the roles of teachers, coaches, and school leaders in math coaching cycles
  • Promote effective math teaching practice through observation and feedback

Who should attend

  • Teachers
  • Instructional coaches
  • School administrators
  • Principals and school leaders


Heather C. Hill studies policies and programs designed to improve mathematics teacher and teaching quality. Her recent research focuses on: teacher professional development, instructional coaching, teacher evaluation, changes over time in teachers' mathematical knowledge and instructional quality...

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Oct 18—Nov 3, 2019
USD 149

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