During the 2016-17 school year, the Rockford Public Schools will grow the implementation of a systemic instructional framework: Gradual Release of Responsibility.


To ensure the best quality instruction for all students regardless of age or subject. To cultivate a community of learners (staff and students) who collaborate with peers to synthesize, process, and apply new learning.


The district will provide certified staff with opportunities to grow instructional practices; escalating excellence for all stakeholders. This collective learning will take place through a variety of support strategies, including targeted skill training, classroom learning labs, and continued research.

Where have we been? YEARS 1- 2 : (2014-16) Building a Base, Deepening, and Applying Knowledge

• EXPLAIN and DEFINE the components of Gradual Release of Responsibility.

• PROVIDE targeted professional learning opportunities for all staff members.

• CREATE common vocabulary and understanding DK-12.

• INCORPORATE planned components of the GRR in lessons.

• STRENGTHEN instructional practices through PD including classroom learning labs experiences.

• INTEGRATE GRR into school improvement processes, lesson planning, and evaluations.

• FOCUS on relevance and purpose statements.