Manuals and Training Materials


Oftentimes the most visible communications an organization will create will be manuals or training materials. These need to be crystal clear in their design and directions, and serve as useful tools that guide their audience instead of hurdles to be overcome. I’ve helped numerous groups craft user-friendly materials that provide critically important information and training.


Sample Manuals and Training Materials

He is keenly aware of his audience, offering a variety of solutions without sacrificing coherence.
— Nat H.

Sample Facilitator’s Guide

“Introducing the Common Core to Parents and Community Members” is a 15 minute – 1 hour module designed to provide teachers and administrators with information that will help them explain the key shifts required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy to a broad audience. It is anticipated that these resources will be especially helpful to educators who are presenting to parents, members of the community, and administrators during local school council meetings, board meetings, or parent/community support meetings. Depending upon the specific setting, this information can be shared in a variety of ways: facilitators may choose to present the slides and share or discuss the handouts included in this module; facilitators may also wish to review these resources on their own in preparation for a more informal conversation.

What’s In This Module?

  • Facilitator’s Guide

  • PowerPoint Presentation (11 slides, with Facilitator’s Notes)

  • PowerPoint Presentation for share-out (11 slides, does not include Facilitator’s Notes)

  • Video Resources

  • Web Resources…

Sample Practice Guide

Content-specific feedback is critical to teacher professional development. The Instructional Practice Guide (IPG) is a K–12 classroom observation rubric that prioritizes what is observable in and expected of classroom instruction when instructional content is aligned to college- and career-ready (CCR) standards, including the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), in ELA/literacy ( It purposefully focuses on the limited number of classroom practices tied most closely to content of the lesson.

Designed as a developmental rather than an evaluation tool, the IPG supports planning, reflection, and collaboration, in addition to coaching. The IPG encompasses the three Shifts by detailing how they appear in instruction:

  • Complexity: Practice regularly with complex text and its academic language.

  • Evidence: Ground reading, writing, and speaking in evidence from text, both literary and informational.

  • Knowledge: Build knowledge through content-rich nonfiction.

This rubric is divided into the Core Actions teachers should be taking. Each Core Action consists of indicators which further describe teacher and student behaviors that exemplify CCR-aligned instruction…