Weekly Coaching Focus Areas: 1/11-1/15

Observing with Data in Hand

One of the priorities that I want us to fulfill as coaches this semester is to observe with data in hand/hard copy in each observation. This will help to sharpen your eye as a coach to become more data driven as well as support you in developing your teachers' development of executing and planning in a data-driven way.

What does data in hand mean?
Entering a classroom with some form of data wall (STEP wall, Cumulative assessment data wall, NWEA quartile wall, etc.)

For this week and next week, you should/could use the prework that you each completed for data days since it already provides information about where students are falling within the cohort.

Observation Form

In order to speed up the feedback process for teachers, I have created a hard copy observation form for us to leave with teachers in the classroom once we finish the observation so that they have immediate, hard copy feedback.

Here is the electronic Types of Talk Observation Form. To keep us focused and not overwhelmed with trying to track too much electronically, we will only collect Types of Talk data in the electronic observation form just so that we have a good pulse at the end of the week on where we are against our school-wide types of talk goals.

I've printed a stack out and left them in the PINK pocket in the colored file folder organizer.

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In the Moment Coaching

This is a priority that I want us to have in also creating a tighter feedback loop with teachers so that they grow better faster.

For this week, you can focus your in-the-moment coaching on "Do It Again" opportunities for teachers.

However, remember that in the moment coaching is just as effective and should be used to coach teachers academically/content-wise in the moment.

Capturing Video

Capture video - quick snippets or longer lessons - of teachers when you're observing. Use this as game film for yourself to watch so that you build your skill in coaching teachers while also identifying their greatest gap area.

Every teacher must have a video clip to complete their video analysis protocol on Thursday afternoon.

Here is the video analysis protocol that teachers will use during the video analysis portion.

I have a regional leadership meeting to attend at 3:30pm on Thursday at RUA, so I will need to leave at 3:00pm. To avoid you all having to lead this on your own, we can flip the schedule to have grade levels meet about the awards ceremonies and report cards at the end or you can cover it with them during CPT. Just let me know what works best.

Here is the student work analysis protocol that teachers will go through. For the student work analysis, identify for teachers which exit ticket/You Do/independent work you want them to bring so that all of their work can aligned to breaking down one specific standard. Have the standard printed out for each group/pair to work refer to during the student work analysis.

If you would like for me to show you how to lead the meeting based on breaking down a standard, just block out time on my calendar (between 11:10-1:45pm) to do so. I love weekly data meetings so I'd be happy to go over the agenda with you.

Action Items to cover with grade levels:

Awards Ceremonies:

February 2nd - 3rd and 4th grade

  • 3rd grade: 9:00am-10:00am
  • 4th grade: 10:00am-11:00am

February 3rd:

  • Kindergarten: 9:00-10:00am
  • 1st Grade: 10:15-11:15am
  • 2nd Grade: 11:15-12:15pm


  • STEP Growth: 1+ levels
  • MAP Growth: 5+ points (give me some feedback on if this sounds right?)
  • MAP Growth: Met their Winter Goal
  • LiveSchool: Top Earner - is there anyway to pull this data from before the break?
  • LiveSchool: Most Improved
  • Principal's List: Grew 1+ level on STEP and Grew 5+(?) points on MAP in both subjects
  • Core Value Awards: Respect, Persistence, Empathy, Responsibility

Grade levels will need CPT to fill these out so that they aren't stressed the week of/before the ceremonies.


Report Cards

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School-wide Shout Outs!

Let's keep the momentum going with more school-wide shout out e-mails like the one that Caity sent last week and what Danny has done in the past!

It helps to invest teachers in school-wide focus areas as well as work towards building an authentic team.

Our four main focus areas:

Sticky Key Points

Enduring Skills

Types of Talk

Do It Again* - let's be sure to continue to highlight this so that teachers can feel the importance and relevancy of having students "do it again" not just in the first week back from break, but that it is something that effective teachers all of the time. I used Do It Again pretty much every single day in my classroom.