Instructional Coaching

Welcome!

What is our role?

We are here to work together with you on professional development initiatives, student growth goals, professional growth goals, and more! Coaching is an EQUITABLE partnership between two EQUALS! We hope you find this page useful in helping you decide how we can partner together this year.

Formal Coaching Cycle

In the formal coaching cycle, we will work together to look at student work, plan lessons and co-teach. You will choose the focus based on what would benefit your students the most. Once a week we will meet together for a 30-45 minute planning session to analyze assessments or student work, discuss lessons and teaching methods, and use this information to drive further instruction. There are three phases of a formal coaching cycle:


The Pre-Conference

This is when we will establish the what, how, when, look fors, when debriefing will take place and kind of notes to be taken.


The Action

There are five different types of coaching we will focus on this year:


  1. Demonstration- coach can demonstrates a lesson while teacher watches with a pre-determined focus for the demonstration
  2. Observation- coach observes teacher teaching pre-determined lesson with mutually agreed upon focus for observation
  3. Side-by-side- focus lesson is pre-determined and both coach and teacher study and prepare for lesson. The teacher is the lead teacher and the coach "jumps in" to demonstrate, provide specific corrections or positive reinforcement on technical aspects of the lesson
  4. Co-observation- coach and teacher observe a host teacher using a technique that the observing teacher would like to know more about
  5. Shadow Coaching- coach models one or two minutes, teacher teaches exact same one or two minutes and so on



The Debriefing

This is when we will debrief about the student learning and engagement and on the coaching process. After this reflective conversation we will work together to determine next steps.


IDEAS for a Formal Coaching Cycle


  • Co-planning: Having trouble coming up with that awesome lesson? Would you like another mind to toss around ideas? Let's plan together!
  • Differentiation Support: Help tailor your lesson to the needs of all through activities, movement and so much more!
  • Model a Lesson: Want to see a certain instructional strategy in the works, but too nervous to try it out? Let the coaches be the guinea pig!
  • Data Analyzer: Look over data from formative/common assessment and make practical instructional decisions from that data together.

Informal Coaching

Coaches will also be available for informal planning support if you are interested. These will be one-time planning sessions and will have less impact on your students' achievement due to their informal nature.


Examples might include:


  • Technology Integration ideas
  • Navigating the Great Minds (Eureka) website and looking at resources
  • Delta Math resources
  • How to use the STAR reading dashboard
  • Teacher preference

Thank you!

Thank you for giving this your thoughtful consideration. We look forward to working with you this year!


If you are interested in a formal or informal coaching session, please follow the link to the attached Google Form.


Coaching Interest Google Form

Allison Taylor

District Instructional Coach

Focuses on:

  • Technology
  • Curriculum
  • Instruction
  • Classroom Management
  • Data Analysis
  • Interventions

Stephanie Mallery

District Instructional Coach

Focuses on:

  • Classroom Management
  • Instruction
  • Curriculum
  • Interventions
  • Data Analysis

Mary Burke

VMS Building Coach

Focuses on:

  • Classroom Management
  • Instruction
  • Data Analysis
  • Curriculum

Laura Wilson

Sunset Lake Elementary Building Coach

Focuses on:

  • Technology
  • Classroom Management
  • Instruction
  • Curriculum

Sheri Blough

Indian Lake Elementary Building Coach

Focuses on:

  • Interventions
  • Classroom Management
  • Data Analysis
  • Curriculum

Sarah Prince

Indian Lake Elementary Building Coach

Focuses on:

  • Interventions
  • Technology
  • Classroom Management
  • Curriculum

Ginny Ruimveld

Tobey Elementary Building Coach

Focuses on:

  • Curriculum
  • Classroom Management
  • Interventions