Instructional Practice

Improve instruction and help students thrive.

Promote teachers’ improvement to help students succeed

Support your teachers with formative, actionable feedback that improves teaching and learning and helps students thrive. With our proprietary tools and resources, administrators —guided by Cognia experts—gather and interpret data for focused discussions on teaching practices and build capacity for effective learning environments.

Achieve effective instruction with high quality learning environments

Cognia researchers studied the elements of effective teaching practices and found five key dimensions that promote learner-centric classrooms:

  • Culture and climate
  • Learning
  • Essentials
  • Agency
  • Relationship

Partner with Cognia experts to leverage your data for insight into these key dimensions. Help your teachers and leaders improve learning.

The Power of Observation

Cognia offers powerful observation tools to strengthen instructional practice that help educators gather data to develop classroom insights, drive purposeful conversations between school leaders and teachers, and deliver effective strategies for student success. Watch the video to learn how.

Explore the Teacher Observation Tool

Efficient formative observations

You no longer need complicated observation protocols to help teachers grow. Our research-based Teacher Observation Tool can be used in both face-to-face and virtual settings to generate information that helps teachers understand their instructional practices and foster professional development.

Measurements that matter
Measurements that matter

Observe and rate teacher behaviors across five research-based dimensions that generate valuable improvement data, emphasize learner-centric instruction, and stimulate collaborative dialogue.

1. Culture and Climate
2. Learning
3. Essentials

4. Agency
5. Relationships

Rate multiple items in each dimension to create a data-driven picture of classroom behavior.

Ratings Guide
Ratings Guide

Observers use a scoring rubric that embodies three different factors to consider when rating each item:

1. Implementation of Practices
2. Authenticity of Practices
3. Effect on Learners


Administrators and teachers have access to data-driven feedback that can be used to guide teacher skills and improvements in the classroom. Review feedback summarized by dimension. Filter reports by date, instructor, grade levels, and more.

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I love the fact that the Cognia Teacher Observation Tool is all-encompassing. It makes sure that teachers use culturally responsive teaching practices and assists teachers with pedagogy and overall instructional practices. It is both user friendly and receiver friendly."
Dr. Margaret Jones
Edgewood Elementary School (AL)

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