Classroom Walkthrough Toolbox
Everything you need to get into classrooms daily
Ready to get into classrooms? The right tools make all the difference.
Instructional leaders belong in classrooms—but it's tough:
- Finding the best time to visit each teacher
- Working around interruptions and other duties
- Knowing what to say to each teacher
At The Principal Center, we've been developing tools to help leaders get into classrooms since 2013. Now, for the first time, you can get all of our classroom walkthrough tools in one low-cost bundle:
The Toolbox gives you all of the same tools we include with our high-end training programs, like the Evidence-Driven Classroom Walkthrough Certification—at a fraction of the price.
What's Included in the Classroom Walkthrough Toolbox
(A $229 Value)
3-Cycle Startup Plan
Teachers often become alarmed when leaders start getting into classrooms more often:
"Why are you here?"
"Am I being singled out?"
"Is this part of my evaluation?"
In the 3-Cycle Startup Plan, you'll discover how to build trust and make teachers feel good about your visits—no fear, no panic, and no grievances.
You'll ramp up your visits gradually, over three cycles of visits to each teacher you supervise, so no one feels singled out, and no one feels like you're out to get them.
Classroom Walkthrough Tracker
The Classroom Walkthrough Tracker will help you stay on track with two key aspects of your classroom visits:
1. Ensuring that you don't miss anyone
2. Getting into the habit of visiting three classrooms a day, every day
The Tracker will guide you through your first three cycles of visits—use it to get started, and when school resumes after every break.
The Tracker is also the fastest way to get started—just print it on a single sheet of paper and go get into classrooms!
Classroom Walkthrough Schedule Generator
You'll never "find" time to get into classrooms. You have to make time.
The Classroom Walkthrough Schedule Generator features an interactive quiz that will guide you to the right plan based on your master schedule (elementary vs. secondary) and how often you're interrupted.
Then, you can use the spreadsheet (Google Sheets & Excel) to rapidly schedule specific times on your calendar (Google, Outlook, or Office365) with one click.
Teacher Schedule & Visit Record Index Cards
Finding the best time to visit each teacher is tricky, because everyone has a different schedule—plus, you need to find time to talk afterward.
The solution is to keep each teacher's schedule at your fingertips with our Teacher Schedule & Visit Record Index Cards. They're trusted by more than 33,507 school leaders in 50 countries around the world, because they're so simple and reliable.
Keep them in a stack, and take the top 3 cards each day. Visit those teachers when your schedules align, jot the date, and return the cards to the bottom of the stack.
Absent teacher? Miss someone? Put their card back on top for tomorrow., and you'll always stay on track—without missing anyone.
Teacher Evaluation Organizer
How can you keep track of every stage of the teacher evaluation process—especially if you have a complicated process or a large staff?
Our Organizer spreadsheet (Google Sheets & Excel) allows you to quickly customize up to 50 steps in your walkthrough, observation, and evaluation process, for unlimited staff.
Tired of getting lost in big spreadsheets? Staff names and column headers are pinned in place so they always remain in view. Tip: Use Google Sheets to share with your admin team.
Classroom Walkthrough Interruption Matrix
Not all issues are emergencies, and not everything that comes up should interrupt your classroom walkthroughs.
Get on the same page with your office staff about dozens of common interruptions, using the Classroom Walkthrough Interruption Matrix.
Should they call you? Wait till you're done in classrooms? Handle it without you? Decide in advance, so you can anticipate common events that would otherwise derail your time in classrooms.
7 Keys To Sustainable Impact
What should you include in your walkthroughs?
Make them too complicated, and they become unsustainable.
Make them too casual, and they won't have an impact.
There's a sweet spot, and in the 7 Keys to Sustainable Impact training, you'll learn how to conduct classroom walkthroughs that maximize your impact, while remaining simple and sustainable.
What should you announce about your walkthroughs—before you start, and after people have started to see a pattern?
Don't start with a big announcement or grand promises. But after you've visited everyone twice, there's a specific message to send so people don't doubt your intentions or worry you're out to get them.
You'll also get specific language you can use to answer questions from students and staff.
Feedback Phrase Bank
Finding the right words for a tricky situation is never easy. In the Feedback Phrase Bank, you'll get sentence-starters and sample language to use for:
- Introducing a difficult topic
- Clarifying a concern
- Setting expectations
- Getting teachers to reflect on their practice
..and more, so you'll always know what to say.
The Classroom Walkthrough Toolbox is yours for a single payment of:
Frequently Asked Questions
We'll send your confirmation email with login details immediately when you check out. Please check your spam folder if you don't see it, and contact our customer service team at [email protected] if you don't receive your confirmation within 15 minutes.
No, because of the low cost of the Toolbox and the labor involved in invoicing and processing POs, we do not accept purchase orders for this product. We can provide a receipt for your records if you need one for reimbursement or accounting purposes.
Yes! However, please do not fill out the checkout form multiple times on the same computer to register different people. Contact us at [email protected] for group rates and logistical details on making the Toolbox available to your group.
You'll get a login to our customer dashboard, where you'll find all of the tools. Everything is provided as printable, downloadable PDFs, with the exception of the 7 Keys to Sustainable Impact training, which is a video.
No—the Toolbox is a one-time purchase with lifetime access and no expiration or renewal costs. There are no recurring payments of any kind.
Money-Back 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
If you are not 100% satisfied with the Classroom Walkthrough Toolbox for any reason, contact us within 30 days for a full refund. (No refunds due to non-use or changes in customer circumstances.)
About The Creator
JUSTIN BAEDER, Ph.D.
Director, The principal center
Justin Baeder, PhD is Director of The Principal Center, and has been a full-time author and consultant since 2012.
Since 2013, the Instructional Leadership Challenge has helped tens of thousands of leaders in more than 50 countries around the world confidently get into classrooms every day, have feedback conversations that change teacher practice, and discover their best opportunities for school improvement.
Dr. Baeder is the host of Principal Center Radio, a weekly podcast featuring interviews with leading authors and thinkers such as John Hattie, Charlotte Danielson, Robyn Jackson, Douglas Reeves, Ken Williams, and more than 300 other distinguished guests
Justin served his entire career in public education as a principal and teacher in Seattle Public Schools. He holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Seattle University and a PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy from the University of Washington.
Dr. Baeder is the author of Now We're Talking! 21 Days to High-Performance Instructional Leadership (Solution Tree), the leading book on classroom walkthroughs.
At The Principal Center, it's our mission to help instructional leaders:
Founded in 2012, The Principal Center has over 15,000 participants in our free and paid programs, representing more than 50 countries around the world.