Instructional Coaching with Tech
Improving Student Learning
What's an Instructional Coach?
A Culture Of Collaboration and Lifelong Learning
- have a relentless focus on student learning
- are never complacent and willing to take risks
- create a culture of trust, collaboration and reflection
- are continuously focused on learning and feedback
How can such a culture be created?
- Clear and high expectations
- Support from administrative team
- Dedication to building trust and relationships
- Open communication from top to bottom and bottom to top
- Teacher-driven, research-proven, student-focused environment
- Teachers see value in coaching model. This can be provided by individualization and differentiation of professional development.
- Constant analysis of student and teacher learning. Is what we're doing working
Elements of an Effective Coaching Climate
- implementation of research-based instruction
- examination of instruction and student work
- encourage teacher reflection and improvement
- collaborative relationships built on trust
Role in PLCs
Believing as Peter DeWitt suggests, "the collective wisdom of the group is better than the thoughts of one," instructional coaches play a tremendous role in creating and building a PLC culture. Through observation and conversation, an instructional coach should be able to identify "communities" that will support student learning. With their fingers on the pulse of school, coaches can take the lead in establishing and growing a school's PLC.
A strong coach can easily translate such integrity and trust into school-wide PLCs. Just look at the similarities between an effective coach and effective PLCs:
- Everyone has equal ownership
- Collective responsibility
- Mutual interdependence
- Focus on student work
- Goal of continual improvement
- Building relationships based on mutual goals and trust
Coaches should serve as facilitators the PLC process. The school's values and norms serve as the foundation for continuous growth and a commitment to the learning of each student resulting in a strengthening of a school's mission and vision.