Instructional Practices Inventory (IPI) Training Course

Instructional Practices Inventory (IPI) Training Course


We offer a systems support training focused on professional development in the Instructional Practices Inventory Process, which measures student engagement in the classroom by way of a walk-through observation system.  Our IPI training is designed to develop skills to accurately identify and record instructional practices using the IPI observer rating categories.


Designed by Painter and Valentine in 1995-96 and revised in 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2010, the Instructional Practices Inventory (IPI) is a data collection profile system designed to establish processes for accurately measuring the nature of instructional practices across an entire school.  Such information, when gathered according to the IPI protocols, provides a valid picture of instruction in a school or school system.  The IPI process can be used by school leaders as an “outcome measure” to understand the relationship between instructional interventions designed to enhance academic success.

Researchers can also use the IPI data collection process to analyze the relationships between instructional practices as measured by the IPI categories and other school variables.



Overview of the IPI Rubric and the sorceress as a research based, teacher led set of strategies designed to enhance student cognitive engagement across K-12.


Review and discussion of Observation Protocols with detailed explanations of the six Categories.

Translating Data into Instructional Change

During the Workshop facilitators will lead a discussion of strategies to help the faculty understand how to study the data, set school goals for engagement and link professional development with the accomplishment of those goals


Practice exercises and discussions to familiarize trainee with the rubric and protocols.  This portion of the training typically includes written descriptions of classroom observations, videotaped observation of classroom instruction, and observations in actual classrooms.


Rater Reliability Assessment that includes a minimum of twenty distinct classroom observations.  At the conclusion of the workshop each participant must complete a Reliability Assessment to document his/her capacity to accurately collect IPI data.


This training is conducted in a one day-long session with a group of least ten participants, and no more than 25.

Where does it take place?

The session takes place at a host school, where part of the training uses the “walk through” data collection system in real classrooms.