Instructional practices inventory

What is IPI?
The Instructional Practices Inventory is a teacher-led process for collecting data about student cognitive engagement during class time, for organising the data into user-friendly profiles, and for staff collaborative study of the data so classroom teachers can more effectively design and implement quality learning experiences for their students. 
The IPI team

From the studies of Dr Valentine and his team, we have learned that the IPI Process is best implemented by a team of teacher leaders. To be certificated in the use of the IPI Process, the team of teacher leaders and a member of the school executive must complete the basic IPI workshop. The full-day workshop is designed to build the IPI Team's capacity to collect the student engagement data with validity, reliability, and inter-rater reliability; to understand how to organise the data for faculty study; and to develop key strategies for engaging their school colleagues in collaborative study of the data. Simply put, the IPI Team of teacher leaders is responsible for leading the process in the school.

Why IPI?

Our studies indicate that teacher-led data collection and collaborative study of the data three or four times a year can have a positive, significant impact on student engagement and higher-order thinking during class time. Further, implementation of the process with integrity is associated with increased student academic success, including high-stakes assessments.

Experienced educators know there are no quick fixes to improving student learning and academic success, and there are no “one size fits all recipes” for school improvement; it is slow to evolve and extremely difficult to sustain. The IPI is one of many processes that a school can use to improve academic success for the school’s students. The IPI is unique because it provides valuable engagement data profiles for collaborative staff study and learning.

IPI data and the impact of school improvement initiatives

The IPI data also provide the basis for understanding the success of other initiatives to improve learning that are in place. Initiatives designed to improve academic success should simultaneously impact student engagement as measured by the six IPI categories. Thus, the IPI data can serve as outcome variables to help staff understand the impact of other instructional interventions which should be evident in the school's longitudinal cognitive engagement data profiles.

The IPI categories

The IPI is based on six categories of engagement. The categories are not complex, but they are sophisticated enough to address key learning issues. Two categories provide data about higher-order/deeper thinking, another about teacher-led engagement, two others about student work that is not higher-order/deeper, and a final category provides data about disengagement from learning during class time. Adapted from Welcome to the IPI Website for the Study of Student Engagement!

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