Instructional Coaching

Provide teachers with personalized coaching cycles that support them to grow and develop their teaching practice

About Instructional Coaching

Topics:

  • Defining the Coaching Role
  • Coaching Cadence
  • Coaching Communication

Overview:

Instructional coaching is increasingly recognized in education as the most effective form of on-the-job, relevant support available to teachers. Great instructional coaches use a student-focused lens to provide a continuous improvement system for teachers via goal-setting, formal and informal observation, feedback, reflection, and collaborative action planning. By supporting teachers to reflect on and improve their teaching, effective coaches can change teacher practice, improve student achievement, build teachers' content knowledge and content-specific skills, and help facilitate whole-school improvement initiatives. Just as they support teachers to refine their skills, even the best instructional coaches need up-front training and ongoing opportunities to improve their practice, including professional development opportunities in which they can share challenges and reflect on what's working in their practice with peers in similar roles. 

What We Believe: 

We believe that instructional coaches must put in place a productive, collaborative, and non-threatening observation and feedback cycle that supports teacher development and growth.  This cycle should facilitates sustainable, continuous improvement for educators by aligning incremental, measurable shifts in educator practice to a desired student outcome.

We believe that instructional coaches must support teachers to set meaningful goals that promote student learning and growth, and implement high-leverage instructional strategies in service of those goals.

We believe that coaches must take stock of their and coachee's mindsets and values as a key aspect of exploring instructional practice and to better deploy facilitative, directive, and transformational coaching practices.

 

Featured Strategies

Coaching observations focus on using objective classroom data to identify the impact of a teacher's actions on student learning
Coaching observations focus on using objective classroom data to identify the impact of a teacher's actions on student learning
Change teaching and learning one step at a time using the BetterLesson coaching model
Change teaching and learning one step at a time using the BetterLesson coaching model
To improve our coaching practice we must reflect and develop next steps
To improve our coaching practice we must reflect and develop next steps

Outcomes

BetterLesson's coaching and workshops are focused on specific topics.
I can define my role as an instructional leader and coach.
I can develop a meaningful coaching cycle that is consistent and ongoing.
I can effectively communicate with teachers in order to develop a shared vision, provide timely feedback, and support them to achieve their goals.

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