Leaders and coaches often ask us what resources they can turn to when thinking about building, maintaining, or strengthening their coaching program. We’ve compiled just a few of our favorite articles and research to support you in setting up a vision and plan for your coaching program.
Elena Aguilar is back in EducationWeek exploring how transformational coaching finds the connections between the individual client's beliefs, the institutions and systems within which the client works, and the broader educational system in which we live. Therefore, the goal is not simply individual change (say, in a specific teacher or a specific student) but broader, more significant change that transforms the very craft of teaching.
Jim Knight returns to expand on his Seven Success Factors with a more in-depth explanation than the piece above. This Teach to Win PDF that can easily be downloaded and shared. It is a good way to discuss setting up a teacher leader program at the school or district level.
Thomas Ferrebee, from Diane Sweeney's website, specifically addresses possible hurdles with starting a coaching program at the high school level and provides helpful tips to address these specific challenges
Tip #1 – Co-Plan How You Will Introduce Your Role and the Process
Linda Yaron, a National Board certified teacher, provides another take on setting up a coaching program. In addition to her 10 key elements for coaching programs, she shares sample questions for pre-observation and reflection questions for after the lesson.
Lisa Houk explains how Lapeer Community Schools, a Michigan school district, used the lab classroom model to provide a level of instructional consistency in the district, particularly in the area of literacy. Teacher knowledge, understanding, and application of the writing workshop model within the district varied significantly. Using this teacher leadership model helped align practice across the district.
We hope these articles are helpful to you as you create the vision for your coaching program. Learn more about how other districts are building out their vision — check out the 2022 Coaching Impact Report highlights the bright spots and growth areas that district and instructional leaders need to consider when building a successful, sustainable coaching program. Download Your Free Copy!