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What Teachers Need From Instructional Coaches

By |2019-04-08T06:30:59-04:00April 8th, 2019|Instruction & Curriculum|

Have you ever thought about the role of instructional coaches? There are various models and expectations that instructional coaches have across different school districts. According to one school district, a few job descriptors for an instructional coach include: working with teachers to provide research-based instruction based on the school improvement plan and model effective instructional [...]

Coaching the Coaches: the Benefits of Instructional Coaches

By |2018-01-28T23:03:26-05:00January 28th, 2018|Featured, Instruction & Curriculum, Instructional Coach Files, School Improvement|

Many teachers consider themselves to be coaches rather than just instructors. We are not just imparting knowledge, but we are there to mentor our students and develop them into becoming better thinkers, writers, readers, doers.  We don't bark orders, rather we kneel down and workshop papers and assist in labs and calculations. It is reasonable to [...]

 The Hidden Secret to Success With Instructional Coaching

By |2017-11-05T14:13:59-05:00November 5th, 2017|Instruction & Curriculum, Instructional Coach Files, Instructional Strategies|

By Terri Froiland   In my six years as an instructional coach, I have been fortunate to have been given a great deal of professional development in a variety of coaching models, from invitational coaching to transformational coaching.  As I have been trained in various models, I have worked hard to adapt and learn the new [...]

[Podcast S1E23] Are Instructional Coaches Needed?

By |2016-09-08T23:36:29-04:00September 6th, 2016|Instruction & Curriculum|

Introduction Welcome to Episode 23 Season one  of The Educator's Room podcast! In this episode, Franchesca discusses the need for instructional coaches in all schools. Being an Instructional Coach is one of the most difficult jobs in a school. While you're still a teacher, you're responsible for delivering professional learning to teachers. Listen to the podcast here.  [...]

Instructional Coaching: Finding Your Purpose

By |2018-04-03T22:00:48-04:00October 23rd, 2015|Current Events in Education, Instructional Coach Files, Principals' Corner, Uncategorized|

You clear your throat. "Today we're going to learn how to monitor data in our classrooms.." You look around the room and 20 pairs of eyes are looking at you waiting for you to finish your sentence. "..and how to increase student achievement at our school." As you turn around to grab your handouts you [...]

Instructional Coaching 101: You’ve Just Been Hired, Now What?

By |2018-04-09T23:06:37-04:00August 10th, 2015|Current Events in Education, From the Front Lines, Literacy, Principals' Corner, Uncategorized|

As I sat at my desk and fumed all I could say to myself was, "I did not sign up for this. This is not how you treat others!" The longer I repeated those words the angrier I became and before long I was hurriedly typing away an email to my principal about my interaction with that [...]

Coaching the Players: Teaching the Teachers

By |2018-01-04T09:20:13-05:00January 4th, 2018|Adult Learning, Instruction & Curriculum, Instructional Coach Files, School Improvement|

Note: This idea came to me upon receiving my promotion as an Instructional Coach. A close friend gave me a (Sports Coach) whistle, along with a great card and a balloon to help me celebrate. I keep my whistle hanging in my office right next to my calendar to remind me of the similarities in [...]

Adventures in Coaching- Learning When to Shut Up

By |2016-11-01T14:22:54-04:00December 3rd, 2013|Featured, Instruction & Curriculum, Instructional Coach Files, Uncategorized|

Working as an Instructional Coach is a delicate balance of learning how to balance being a coach who frequently talks teachers "off the ledge" and not losing your teaching credibility.  On one hand you’re still a teacher because many times  you find yourself in classrooms helping a teacher with a particular lesson, but  other times [...]

Adventures in Coaching..Giving Effective Teacher Feedback

By |2016-11-01T14:25:18-04:00October 7th, 2013|Featured, Instruction & Curriculum, School Improvement, Uncategorized|

This year I did what many teachers fear the most,  I went over to the dark side of school administration in the form of  being an Instructional Coach. As  I transitioned into this role,I thought surely that this would give me more time to reflect and "cool my heels" -things that I rarely were able [...]

Opinion: Insurrection on a Black Educator’s Soul

By |2021-02-21T20:03:24-05:00February 16th, 2021|Coronavirus, COVID, COVID-19, Current Events in Education|

By Tina Starks, Instructional Coach and policy fellow with Teach Plus CA Just two weeks after the failed coup at the Capitol and added trauma on the souls of Black people, Inauguration Day 2021 symbolized the restoration of hope and possibilities for a different America than what we had experienced for the last four years. [...]

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