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Instructional Models

How to Choose One and How to Use One

More than likely, your school is doing the right things. So why won’t student achievement budge? Maybe the key is doing the right things right. You may be lacking a straightforward yet powerful tool that can work wonders in aligning expectations and talents: an instructional model.

In this eye-opening new book, visionary education leaders and authors Elizabeth Ross Hubbell and Bryan Goodwin explore the variety of instructional models available to today’s educators and explain how they can unite teachers and students in identifying—and achieving—classroom goals.


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Learn how to adopt, adapt, or enhance the right instructional model for your school to:

  • Teach with creativity, vision, and clarity of purpose.

  • Develop instructional consistency.

  • Create an active community of learners.

  • Unleash student and teacher curiosity and motivation.

  • Strengthen teaching with peer coaching.

Using an instructional model

Will improve the quality and consistency of learning experiences

Resulting in better student engagement and learning

Information & Resources

Instructional models help schools do the right things the right way

In this guest blog post, co-author Elizabeth Ross Hubbell shares her experiences of the challenges and successes she’s seen schools and districts encounter when choosing and implementing an instructional model. In their new book, Instructional Models: How to Choose One and How to Use One, she says, “[Bryan and I] define and provide examples of instructional models and how they differ from instructional frameworks, and we describe how these models can help teachers leverage so much more of their teaching skills and savvy to help students succeed.”


Free White Paper | Instructional Models: Doing the Right Things Right (2019)

Adopting, adapting, or creating an instructional model for your school or district could be the key to boosting instructional consistency while also encouraging teacher creativity, suggest co-authors Elizabeth R. Hubbell and Bryan Goodwin in this new white paper. That may sound like an easy sell, but the process is rife with opportunities for crossed signals and misaligned ambitions. Whether you’re a superintendent or a teacher who wants to see some things change, learning the basics of group dynamics will keep your project moving forward.


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Instructional Coaching

Use effective instructional coaching practices to create a unified, collegial, and supportive environment for teachers to collaboratively learn with, and from, each other. McREL can help your school or district create effective teacher teams that use peer observations and feedback to address specific instructional goals and spark innovative practices to improve overall instructional practice and support better classroom learning and management.




About the Authors

Elizabeth Ross Hubbell is a senior program manager at Academic impressions, a frequent conference presenter, a former teacher, and co-author of The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching: A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day and Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement (2nd Ed.)


View or download our book synopsis to share with your school or district administration staff.