Deepening Your Work as an Instructional Coach

Focus Area: Instructional Coaching

Instructional Coaches, Leaders

Phase: Launch

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Instructional coaching is increasingly recognized in education as the most effective form of on-the-job, relevant support available to teachers. The primary purpose of an instructional coach is to build instructional capacity in teachers. In order to do that, 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.  In this 6-hour, in -person workshop, participants will clearly define the coaching role, the importance of implementing coaching cycles, and the use of effective communication to support coaching relationships.


  • 6 hours
  • Participants will need a computer with Internet access

Learning Experience


  • Define the role of the instructional coach
  • Define and discover how coaching cycles help to ‘mind the gap’
  • Define the critical attributes of the 4 primary models of coaching


  • Explore the key to enhancing coaching communication
  • Explore the essential elements of 4 primary coaching styles
  • Explore the application of effective questioning strategies
  • Explore coaching action using real-world scenarios


  • Build an understanding of BL strategies that support instructional coaching
  • Build a plan to ‘deepen’ the work as an instructional coach through synthesizing the session’s content
  • Build a plan to implement effective instructional coaching support