From Online to Blended Learning: New FIP Facilitation Guides Now Available

Throughout the FIP Your School Ohio project, we’ve strived to emphasize “blended learning” over “online learning.” Why? Because the best professional development is job-embedded and collaborative. The FIP modules are only as valuable as the thoughtful discussion, reflection, and next steps that you engage in with colleagues.

That’s why we’ve launched three new FIP facilitation guides, designed to encourage collaborative, job embedded professional development among teachers, school leaders, and coaches.

For Teachers

When the Foundations of Formative Instructional Practices modules rolled out in 2012, they came with a facilitation guide, which included resources and examples for how to use teacher team time to engage in deeper learning about FIP. This resource included a set of facilitation materials for each of the five foundational modules, which encouraged teachers to use the modules in a way that we know is more consistent with the research around effective professional development.

Over the past two years, 10 FIP in Action modules—which feature instructional practices and assessment in various grades and subjects using Ohio’s New Learning Standards—have been released. We’re happy to announce that there is now a FIP in Action facilitation guide available to keep the teacher team momentum going (login is required to access the guide).

For teams of educators ready to deepen their learning about FIP, or for those who want to start their learning journey with content specific to their grade or subject, this guide can help ensure a meaningful learning experience.

Best of all, the FIP in Action guide can be used with any of the FIP in Action modules—so whether your team members each complete the same FIP in Action module or decide to complete different modules, you can still come together and have meaningful discussions about practice.

For School Leaders and Coaches

If you’re a member of a district or building leadership team, or if you have other leadership and coaching responsibilities, you may want to take a look at these two new facilitation guides:

These guides correspond with the Leading and Coaching Formative Instructional Practices learning path, and they have been designed to help teams of school leaders and coaches to engage in learning about how to plan for change and promote a systemic approach to implementation of formative instructional practices.