MCESA has a unique suite of tools that describe all levels of skillful teaching and leading. The suite includes rubric-style instruments for teachers, instructional coaches, and instructional leaders. The rubrics are customized to each position, but are aligned to one another in order to support a shared vision of great teaching and leading.

The rubrics are a resource for educators in supporting their vision of great teaching and leading. They provide a framework for crafting customized professional learning, supporting strong instructional teams, and collectively setting goals for the future. They are also calibrated to ensure student growth and staff development, so they are ideal to use for professional evaluation cycles.

All three tools were co-developed with more than 7,000 educators over a five-year period. They have been through rigorous revisions based on feedback from teachers, instructional coaches, building, and district leaders.


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LEARNING OBSERVATION INSTRUMENT (LOI)

Grounded in the belief that the best instruction occurs when students construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world, this instrument clearly describes what individualized teaching and conceptual learning looks like.

Six rubrics and 26 elements break down the clear descriptions into manageable tasks that teachers can master over time. The LOI is the foundational component of MCEA's observation instrument suite.


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Coaching Observation Instrument (coi)

Instructional coaching positively impacts the professional development of teachers and the learning of students. This instrument honors that important position and clearly describes what it takes to provide the right amount and type of support for professional growth to occur. The COI perfectly aligns to t he LOI and even shares several elements in order to connect the coach role to the success of a teacher and students.

Three rubrics and 23 elements break down the clear descriptions into manageable tasks that instructional coaches can master over time.


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Leading Observation Instrument (ldoi)

Teaching and learning significantly improve with great leadership. The instrument clearly describes the varied and complex roles of the school leader. The LdOI perfectly aligns to the LOI and COI. Common language is used throughout all instruments in order to connect the leader role to the success of a teacher and students.

Five rubrics and 22 elements break down the clear descriptions into manageable tasks that school leaders can master over time.

Leading Observation Instrument Overview Video


Testimonials From Five Maricopa County Superintendents About Their Experience with MCESA's Observation Instruments