Book Study



Mapping Professional Practice

Author-Led Book Study

Wednesday, October 26

2-3pm CDT

Wednesday, November 2

2-3pm CDT

Wednesday, November 9

2-3pm CST (DST ends 11/6)

Wednesday, November 16

2-3pm CST

Wednesday, October 26

2-3pm CDT

Wednesday, November 2

2-3pm CDT

Wednesday, November 9

2-3pm CST (DST ends 11/6)

Wednesday, November 16

2-3pm CST

Create Roadmaps for Growth

Want to help teachers and other education professionals improve their practice? 

It's essential to start with a clear vision for what improved practice will look like—not from an observer's perspective, but from the point of view of the practitioner. 

We call this the insider's view, and it's the key to enhancing professional judgment. 

Too often, shared expectations focus solely on surface-level features, and offer little guidance how to think in more sophisticated and nuanced ways. 

Instructional frameworks are the key.


An instructional framework is a detailed description of the insider's view of professional practice in a specific area, broken into key components and levels of fluency. 

Key components focus attention on the essential elements of a practice. For example, a framework on rigor might have key components such as:

  • Alignment to standards
  • Conveying high expectations to students
  • Scaffolding and developing milestones

Levels of fluency create a progression from beginning, to developing, to fluent, to exemplary, in each key component. This progression gives practitioners clear next steps so they can continue to develop.

Instructional frameworks are perfect for:

  • Establishing shared expectations
  • Creating growth pathways for teachers & other education professionals
  • Mobilizing educators around a common vision for improvement

how can i develop instructional frameworks?

In this 4-week book study, the authors will walk you through the 5-step process for developing instructional frameworks:

  1. Choose a Focus
  2. Brainstorm Key Components
  3. Articulate Levels of Fluency
  4. Get Feedback & Revise
  5. Apply Your Framework & Iterate

How Will We Interact?

Our live sessions are Wednesdays, October 26, November 2, November 9, and November 16, from 2-3pm Central. 

Each week, we'll meet for an hour on Zoom to discuss the key ideas and processes in the book. You'll get:

  • Access to all live Zoom meetings
  • Recordings of each session—lifetime access
  • Transcripts for easy search and review

Note: to minimize shipping times, please order Mapping Professional Practice directly from the bookseller of your choice. Please contact us if you have a large group and wish to pay with a purchase order, and we can arrange for direct shipment from the publisher. 

Bonus for First 10 Groups—1:1 Support

If you're one of the first ten groups to register, you'll qualify for an additional 1:1 consultation to support you in developing your custom instructional frameworks. This message will be removed when all ten 1:1 spots are filled.


  • Instructional Coaches
  • School Administrators
  • Department Heads and PLC Leaders

What's In The Book?


Part 1: What Are Instructional Frameworks?

  • Chapter 1: Defining and Developing Instructional Frameworks
  • Chapter 2: Making Shared Expectations More Specific
  • Chapter 3: Instructional Frameworks in Action―Case Studies

Part 2: How to Develop Instructional Frameworks

  • Chapter 4: Choose a Focus
  • Chapter 5: Bounding Your Improvement Focus
  • Chapter 6: Identifying Key Components
  • Chapter 7: Articulating Levels of Fluency
  • Chapter 8: Getting Started and Getting Input

Part 3: Instructional Frameworks in Action

  • Chapter 9: Using Instructional Frameworks for Teacher Growth
  • Chapter 10: Broader Applications for Instructional Frameworks
  • Chapter 11: Supporting Organization-Level Initiatives With Instructional Frameworks

Get The Book


Heather Bell-Williams

Heather Bell-Williams is an experienced teacher, school administrator and consultant, with over 30 years of expertise to bring to her role as Coach and Consultant. Heather holds three bachelor’s degrees in arts and education from York University in Toronto and a Masters of Education in Leadership from the University of New Brunswick, as well as several additional qualifications, including Flourishing Coach certification. Heather is co-author of Mapping Professional Practice (Solution Tree) with Justin Baeder, PhD. 

Justin Baeder, PhD

Justin Baeder, PhD. is author of Now We're Talking! 21 Days to High-Performance Instructional Leadership (Solution Tree), co-author of Mapping Professional Practice (Solution Tree), and creator of the Instructional Leadership Challenge, which has helped more than 10,000 leaders in 50 countries make a daily habit of classroom visits. He holds a PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Washington, and helps senior leaders in K-12 organizations build capacity for instructional leadership

Register Now


  • 4 live sessions on Zoom
  • Recordings & transcripts of all sessions
  • Lifetime access—no expiration
Name of Person Handling Registration(Required)
First Name, Last Name, Email Address
Registration includes a copy of Mapping Professional Practice for each participant. Please let us know where you would like us to deliver your books.
Please enter a number greater than or equal to 1.
Payment Method(Required)