The High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson

The Learning-Focused Instructional Framework: Stage 1

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With the Learning-Focused Instructional Framework, teachers have the skills, knowledge and resources for the highest teaching effectiveness and to accelerate learning for all students. Plan and teach lessons you believe in!

The first stage in the instructional framework, The High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson, provides the structure. The High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson is the road map that connects standards to instruction. The foundation of the High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson immediately increases the effectiveness of all teachers.

“As a team we were given common planning time, but we all planned differently and even used different vocabulary for different lesson components. Our time was not maximized to say the least! I guess you can say without a road map we tended to just wander around and never got anywhere. The Learning-Focused Lesson has totally changed how we think, talk, and interact with each other in our planning meetings. We leave with a sense of accomplishments because we know our lessons really work with our students and we will end up with successful learning.” Georgia Teacher

The High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson

  • provides a framework for planning standards-driven lessons
  • ensures that lessons focus on how students learn and whether students learn
  • purposefully connects research-based strategies to provide maximum achievement gains
  • focuses on engaging and challenging students
  • provides a direct connection between research and application
  • defines a path so teachers can unleash their professional abilities

Learn more about the Teaching with Higher Order Thinking and Rigor in Mind (stage 2) and Accelerating Learning for All Students (stage 3).

Save time trying to figure out how Learning-Focused will transform your school. In just 15 minutes we will be able to explain how we can help.


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How do you use exemplary lessons to increase teaching effectiveness?

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Accelerate achievement growth with the instructional lesson planning framework

School evaluation research has found the biggest difference between typical schools and exemplary schools is how and when teachers plan. Learning-FocusedLessons provides teachers with a framework for planning purposeful lessons that are engaging and challenging for all students. The Learning-Focused Lesson provides teachers with an instructional model for planning challenging learning goals and instruction that intentionally connects the most effective research-based strategies and exemplary practices for maximizing learning. Teachers plan for learning rather than content coverage, which is the method for planning in exemplary schools.

Learning-Focused Lessons focuses planning and instruction on HOW students learn and WHETHER students learn the concepts and skills they are expected to acquire. Teachers become more effective by purposefully connecting the top research-based learning strategies and exemplary practices in every lesson. Through consistent and pervasive implementation, teachers will accelerate student learning with Learning-Focused Lessons through higher engagement, research-based learning activities, and grade level appropriate expectations.


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How does the High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson help prepare students to be successful?

The High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson immediately increases the effectiveness of all teachers because of the planning process and teaching process the structure provides. The new generation of standards require students to have access to high levels of learning expectations and requirements for analyzing and applying thinking skills. The High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson equips teachers with a framework and instructional strategies to make that vision a reality for all students.

To be successful in college and careers, all students must be taught complex academic content, taught to analyze content using higher order thinking strategies, and taught to apply what they learn to build new understanding. Learning-Focused is the foundation for planning exemplary lessons that challenge and engage students. With the expectations of the 21st century workplace, students are expected to analyze and apply their learning to real-life situations, problems, and challenges. The learning activities teachers plan in the High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson integrate research-based strategies that teach students to recall and represent new concepts successfully, requirements for being able to analyze information and apply their knowledge to solve problems and generate new ideas.


High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson Professional Development 


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The High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson provides a framework for planning purposeful, standards-driven, backward design lessons that are engaging and challenging for all students. The framework provides an instructional model for planning challenging learning goals and instruction that purposefully connect the most effective research-based strategies and Exemplary Practices for maximizing learning. The Learning-Focused Lesson plan ensures that the most effective strategies and practices are used consistently and pervasively, and it provides a framework for frequent formative assessments to ensure that all students are learning. Using this planning framework school-wide promotes collaborative planning and reflection that puts the school-wide focus on effective teaching and accelerating learning for all students. Through consistent and pervasive implementation, all students will successfully master grade level expectations.

Workshop Essential Question: How do you plan high performance Learning-Focused Lessons to increase student achievement?

Participants will Learn the… Participants will Understand… Participants will Apply what they Learn to…
  • Characteristics of effective teaching practices.
  • Rationale for using a common lesson planning framework.
  • Importance of connecting specific research-based strategies and exemplary practices in lessons:
    • Higher Order Thinking Strategies
    • Summarizing Strategies
    • Essential Question
    • Vocabulary Strategies
    • Advance Organizers
    • Non-Verbal Representations
    • Formative Assessments
    • Activating Strategies
    • Demonstrating
    • Distributed Guided Practice
    • Distributed Summarizing[
    • Assignments
    • Engagement Strategies
  • That lessons are intended for instructional purposes to be followed when delivering instruction.
Exemplary lessons are purposefully planned in order to provide students with engaging and challenging instruction.
  • Plan and implement effective Learning-Focused lessons that connect research-based strategies and exemplary practices.
  • Use a backward planning process to plan lessons with the end in mind.
  • Develop Lesson Essential Questions from Learning Goals to guide instruction and provide students with a purpose for their learning.
  • Developing grade-level Assignments that allow all students to demonstrate their mastery of the lesson’s Learning Goals.
  • Selecting and using Graphic Organizers to guide students in learning new concepts, organizing information, and completing writing assignments.
  • Planning and implementing Learning Activities that integrate research-based strategies, collaborative pairs, formative assessments, and Assignments to actively engage students with recalling and representing new concepts.
  • Selecting and using distributed Summarizing Strategies to continuously engage students and to collect evidence of learning throughout the Lesson and at the end of the lesson to answer the Lesson Essential Question.
  • Planning Activating Strategies that engage students, link prior knowledge to new concepts, build background knowledge and preview key vocabulary.
Essential Question: Why is the High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson effective for building achievement growth?
  • Participants will identify the components and the underlying purpose of each component of the Learning-Focused Lesson Plan.
Essential Question: How do you plan and communicate clear Learning Goals with Lesson Essential Questions?
  • Participants will develop Lesson Essential Questions that communicate Learning Goals.
Essential Question: How do you plan lesson Assignments that empower students to demonstrate their mastery of Learning Goals?
  • Participants learn the purpose of an Assignments on how to develop one based on their Learning Goals.
Essential Question: How do you plan and use learning strategies during Lesson Instruction to engage students and maximize learning?
  • Participants will organize their Lesson Instruction using graphic organizers, Learning Activities, Collaborative Pairs, assessments for learning, and assignments.
Essential Question: How do you plan and use Summarizing Strategies to collect evidence of learning?
  • Participants will select and plan a Summarizing Strategy for a lesson.
Essential Question: How do you plan and use Activating Strategies to prepare students for learning?
  • Participants will select and plan an Activating Strategy for a lesson.
Essential Question: How do you most effectively teach a Learning-Focused Lesson?
  • Participants will review the lesson to ensure that the top eight research-based strategies that impact achievement are planned and connected.
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The High Performance Learning-Focused Lesson is the fundamental workshop that provides schools with a common planning framework that ensures that the top research-based strategies and exemplary practices are planned for and purposefully connected in every lesson. It provides teachers with a common vocabulary and thought process for planning effective lessons. Each subsequent professional development builds on and enhances effective use of this planning framework. Without the planning framework, research-based strategies may be implemented randomly with little effect on learning.


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