Instructional coaching flourishes with Power Walkthrough and the EmpowerED Suite
McREL’s Power Walkthrough system, part of the EmpowerED Suite, helps teachers, instructional coaches, principals and other school leaders have meaningful, collaborative, data-based conversations about the strategies and professional practices being used in classrooms, based on information collected during brief, informal classroom observations.
McREL partners with Media-X Systems, a division of Harris Computer Systems, which provides the technology platform, customer support, and sales/demos of both Power Walkthrough and the EmpowerED Suite.
Better PD coaching, planning, and collaboration
Used by more than 6,000 educators, the Power Walkthrough app operates on any mobile device, and includes practice-proven observation templates based on McREL’s decades-long research and analysis of effective instructional strategies that make a difference for students, including Classroom Instruction That Works and The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching. You can also easily create your own customized templates to match your exact needs and goals.
Power Walkthrough is one of several instructional coaching support tools housed within McREL’s EmpowerED Suite, which collectively help an entire school staff build a shared language and focus to deepen professional growth, expand skills, and improve instruction. Each of the EmpowerED apps and tools are described below.
Power Walkthrough can be purchased as an individual component, or as part of the complete EmpowerED Suite.
The EmpowerED Suite includes the following apps and systems:
McREL’s widely used Power Walkthrough classroom observation system makes it easy to conduct meaningful and purposeful informal observations that provide valuable PD feedback for teachers, instructional coaches, and school leaders. Use the customizable research-based templates provided in the app to gather data on use of effective instructional strategies during brief classroom walkthroughs. Our user-friendly software records and organizes data from multiple walkthroughs and generates dashboard-style reports to help guide coaching conversations and prioritize professional development needs and opportunities.
EmpowerED Reflection helps teachers self-reflect on their instruction and use of strategies using templates based on McREL’s Classroom Instruction that Works and The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching content. Collaborating with a coach or peer, teachers can use their self-reflection to develop SMART goals and actions plans to help track their professional growth.
EmpowerED Survey allows school staff to develop quick and customized surveys to communicate and gather feedback from staff, parents, students, and other school community members. The results are compiled into easy-to-read and shareable reports that reveal stakeholder feedback and important aspects of school climate to help guide improvement efforts.
EmpowerED Coaching provides a simple, secure way to use video for instructional coaching, peer feedback, self-reflection, and mentoring. Teachers can record classroom video and share it with peers, mentors, coaches, and others for feedback and reflective conversations to improve their professional practice.