1. Heather Hill
  3. Harvard Graduate School of Education
  1. Fallon Blossom
  2. Senior Project & Communications Coordinator
  4. Center for Education Policy Research, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  1. MQI Coaching Team
  2. http://mqicoaching.org
  4. Center for Education Policy Research, Harvard Graduate School of Education, American Institutes for Research

MQI Coaching

NSF Awards: 1348144

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Adult learners

We tell the story of how an instrument designed for research, the Mathematical Quality of Instruction observation rubric (MQI), has become a powerful tool for use by coaches and teachers in the improvement of mathematics instruction.

Though the research literature on professional development programs is mixed, 1:1 instructional coaching appears to be a bright spot, particularly when the coaches are highly trained and coaching conversations are focused on classroom observation and feedback over time, both features of MQI Coaching protocols. Our MQI Coaching program leverages classroom video, a math-specific observation rubric (MQI), teacher self-reflection, and ongoing oversight and support for coaches.

In an NSF-funded randomized controlled trial, students of MQI-coached teachers reported that their teachers ask more substantive questions and require more use of mathematical vocabulary as compared to students of control teachers. In the year following the intervention, teachers who received MQI Coaching had significantly stronger instruction than control teachers on three out of four math-specific instructional domains: Common Core-Aligned Student Practices, Working with Students and Mathematics; and Richness of the Mathematics. We found no impacts on student scores from a state standardized test.

This video gives a high-level overview of the MQI rubric, the MQI Coaching protocols and routines, and the coach training and support that facilitates high-quality implementation, as well as how teachers and coaches can access MQI Coaching resources and tools to support growth in their contexts. 

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