Coaching for Hybrid and Virtual Learning

Focus Area: Hybrid and Virtual Learning
Audience:

CInstructional Coaches, LLeaders, TTeachers

Pathway: Application

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Overview

Distance and Virtual Learning initiatives in K12 are still in an active state of experimentation and growth.  As educators implement these practices, the variance in how they might go about it is infinite, and the areas for growth and support are vast, including developing fluency with organizational tools and systems, designing rigorous asynchronous learning, developing opportunities for student voice and collaboration, and assessing progress. With 1:1 Coaching, BetterLesson can provide targeted support to personalize for educators in relevant areas, and meet the needs of educators with various levels of comfort with these modalities of teaching and learning. Coaching also creates a natural experimentation cycle that helps participants to narrow their focus, try something concrete, and learn and reflect on their progress.

Audience

This 1:1 Coaching offering is designed to support teachers, coaches, and school leaders with the challenges of setting up and refining distance and virtual learning opportunities for students.  This coaching is not tool-specific support (i.e. Google Classroom training, etc) but practice-specific support.  Coaching can help participants to stand up distance learning through tools and strategies:

Teachers

The sessions designed for coaching will be designed to support teachers with this challenging shift. Given the wide range of needs for teachers, our support will be highly personalized, but will mostly include conversations around instructional design, or setting up systems, tools, and culture within the distance learning course. 

Leaders

School and district leaders need unique support when making decisions and shifts in distance learning because of the need to set logistical frameworks, vision for teaching and learning, and managing the change that occurs.  Coaching is positioned to be a support that can help with both brainstorming solutions, and narrowing down to make small steps actionable around these areas.

Specifications

  • Bi-weekly, 30 minute sessions delivered virtually through Zoom
  • Access to the BetterLesson Lab and top strategies and tools 

Outcomes

Coaching supports participants where they are at, building awareness, understanding, and opportunities for application and ownership of key competencies like these:

  • Mindset: Educators believe that distance learning opportunities can have meaningful learning and result in student ownership
  • Equity: Educators designing for learning at distance can identify ways and advocate for all students to get supports and access
    Student Centered: Designing systems and learning in these modalities that put students voices, ideas, and ownership at the center
  • Organization: Tools and resources can help structure the learning process and help students take ownership when organized intentionally
  • Experimentality: Educators see their distance courses as a space to frequently collect meta-data about students’ experiences and make changes to improve over time
  • Leading through Change: Leaders can manage the change towards distance learning through distributed leadership, assessing progress, and narrowing their focus