Throughout the five-year Teacher Practice Networks initiative, teacher leaders have developed and demonstrated new leadership skills to help peers engage in reflective professional learning focused on improving instruction.

Using a tool, such as a protocol, in teacher-to-teacher professional learning both scaffolds teacher leaders’ effectiveness to facilitate meaningful conversations and guides collaborative teacher communities to examine, reflect and refine their practice.

This CenterView from our series on teacher leadership describes three protocols and how each gives structure to a learning process for teachers to talk and listen in a focused way that can lead to change in practice.

In these three examples, you’ll learn how teachers can use protocols to gain new insights and perspectives to apply to practice as they observe instruction, look at student work, or explore text with a critical lens.

Helpful resources are included for exploring a wide range of protocols to meet different learning outcomes.