Over the course of 2010-2011 school year, the Richland School District has been dedicated to its mission and committments to:
- Ensuring classrooms with high expectations and clear standards, strong classroom management, and effective teaching practices.
Incorporating new knowledge into practice through professional development and promoting open and shared instructional practices with time to collaborate, evaluate and reflect.
To accomplish this, a committee representing teachers and instructional leaders from across the Richland School District has worked to better understand quality instruction and to develop a foundational framework for our district to use. In 2009-2010 Dr. Alison Olzendam worked with the committee of 40 members in which we learned about key research in the area of instruction from across the world.
In the 2010-2011 school year, Dr. Duane Baker from the BERC Group - the makers of STAR protocol - worked with the committee to better understand the process of developing a framework. Dr. Baker guided the group through a process of including language from the Richland School District into his tool. From this work, we have developed Richland's own Instructional Framework called STAR2.
The purpose of the STAR2 framework is to establish a common vocabulary and regular dialogue in the Richland School District about high quality instruction.