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.