Gap Analysis Protocol


Gap Analysis Protocol
Developed by Daniel Baron.
To make a stronger connection between beliefs and practice
Each person in the triad takes a turn at facilitating and presenting. The facilitator is a full participant in this
1. Reflect on the shared beliefs of the school corporation, the school, or you own core beliefs about
teaching and learning (depending on the context of the meeting). In any case, identify the one belief
about teaching, learning, or leading that you hold most dear. Spend a few minutes thinking about how
this belief is visible and present in your current practice. Next, reflect on what gaps are there between
that belief and your current practice. Write a short description of where your belief and practice are
aligned and where the gaps are. (5 minutes)
2. In groups of 3, the first person shares her/his belief and the analysis of that belief in action. Be sure to
share both the alignments and the gaps. (5 minutes)
3. The rest of the group asks clarifying questions about the details of the analysis. (3 minutes)
4. The group does a “gap analysis” of the presenter’s practice and paints a vivid picture of the possibilities
of having even more evidence of the chosen belief in the presenter’s practice. The presenter turns away
from the group as she/he takes notes of the conversation. (10 minutes)
5. The presenter reflects out loud on the group’s analysis of her/his practice and shares at least one idea
that will become part of her/his practice. (2 minutes)
6. Repeat Steps 2-5 for each person in the group. Each round takes 20 minutes.
Protocols are most powerful and effective when used within an ongoing professional learning community and facilitated by a skilled facilitator. To learn more
about professional learning communities and seminars for facilitation, please visit the School Reform Initiative website at


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