If you are a member of the school’s faculty as part of a pair, don’t give a tour, explain, apologize or show off. Look at your school and participate in the protocol with a beginner’s mind.
Return to the large group and share your findings on the questions in sequence. A member of the school staff may want to record the responses on chart paper for future reference.
People in the group who work in the school reflect aloud on what they heard that surprised and interested them and what they saw during their walk that was new.
Implications for Education
Discuss the implications of the observations for bringing a greater international focus to a school.
Debriefing the Protocol
Debrief the protocol. Was it valuable? How could it have been better? How might this protocol be put to use in the future?
If this protocol is used with staff members rather than visitors, use the responses from those who did the school walk as the evidence that the group uses to assess the levels of internationalization or specific trends seen in the evidence.
Protocols are most powerful and effective when used within an ongoing professional learning community such as a Critical Friends Group® and facilitated by a skilled coach. To learn more about professional learning communities and seminars for new or experienced coaches, please visit the National School Reform Faculty website at www.nsrfharmony.org.
Author: Shari Albright
Adapted from the School Walk Protocol developed by Edorah Frazer and also from the Collaborative Assessment Conference developed by Steve Seidel.