Coaching for EL Education

Focus Area: EL Education

Instructional Coaches, Leaders, Teachers

Phase: Launch, Targeted Support

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BetterLesson instructional coaching is tailored to meet the professional learning needs of schools and districts, with a focus on promoting effective teaching practices and enhancing leadership capabilities. Grounded in the principles of action research and job-embedded best practices, our coaching methodology provides a highly personalized and differentiated approach for each participant, including alignment with the needs of the curriculum. 

Using the “Try, Measure, Learn” approach, BetterLesson coaches guide educators through narrow, actionable shifts to establish goals, implement strategies, and evaluate outcomes in a continuous feedback loop.

Teacher Coaching: Educators collaborate with experienced instructional coaches in a safe environment. These sessions are dedicated to refining student-centered instructional practices, learning and assessing the effectiveness of new strategies, and developing plans for ongoing improvement to achieve targeted outcomes.

Leader Coaching: School and district leaders partner with experienced leader coaches to brainstorm ideas and learn new strategies for immediate implementation. Our coaches assist leaders in planning for implementation and monitoring progress towards predefined outcomes, ensuring that coaching efforts are aligned with the overall goals of the district’s professional learning initiatives.


This coaching model and support was developed for teachers, instructional coaches, and teacher and school leaders implementing the EL Education curriculum. 


  • Bi-weekly, 30 Minute virtual session scheduled directly with a BetterLesson Coach
  • 4 Session Coaching Packs around one topic (tied to a virtual workshop) or Targeted (half-year) and Unlimited Coaching with flexibility is available
  • Participants will need a computer with access to Zoom, a camera, a microphone, and stable Internet connectivity
  • Participants will register for access with the BetterLesson Lab
  • Participants will schedule 1:1 coaching calls with their coach


Because coaching is personalized, participants will move through awareness of the curriculum, to understanding and application, to ownership.  Curriculum coaching usually moves from support with materials, to support with content, to support with craft, but not always in that order.

Learning Experience

We have seen that common challenges in a standards-based, student-centered curriculum include pacing, assessing mastery, supporting student independence, and structuring discourse.  We believe that the only way to support implementation for teachers and leaders is to prioritize both content and craft support, as these ideas are interwoven and connected.  For example, pacing challenges may arise from a need to understand how skills spiral throughout and across Modules and/or structuring protocols effectively with clear routines and expectations.  In supporting participants with implementation of the EL Curriculum, certain Design Principles guide our work.  These principles serve as undercurrents to the type of support and coaching we aim to provide:

  1. Honoring that implementation of a curriculum is among the most challenging things that educators do requires empathy and understanding.
  2. Cyclical:  Because support can be needed across multiple areas at once, we will strive to be flexible but also ensure we are returning to key paths or themes to ensure reflection and learning after a ‘try’
  3. Minimizing Asks: Trying a new curriculum with all new materials requires we minimize and narrow the things that they try, and reduce any barriers to meeting, documentation, etc of our support