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How do I develop a coaching schedule that feels equitable to all? Some teachers get a lot more of my attention than others. Is that normal?

Nov 8, 2014 7:17am

I just started coaching and am trying to educate faculty about what I do to increase their capacity and support them.

  • English Language Arts
  • K-4
  • Coaching


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    • Nov 12, 2014 8:37am

      I guess this depends on how you define equity--because to me equity does not mean equal. It might mean that your brand new teacher who is struggling to survive her first months gets 8 hours a week of coaching while an experienced and solid teacher gets 1 hr a week.

      What might be helpful for you to do would be to take a big step back from the details and do some big picture planning around coaching. When coaching isn't focused, strategic, and aligned to bigger school goals, then it can be haphazard and the impact can be random. I think coaching is more effective when, for example, you might coach 5 teachers intensely for 3-4 months and then move to a different group. Or you coach 8 teachers for a whole year on some narrow and somewhat measurable aspects of their practice. So your question makes me wonder about your theory of action for coaching, what you focus the coaching on, how you're looking at the impact of coaching -- and what your supervisors/admin hope for.

      Then I'd think about how teachers are signing up for coaching. Is it voluntary? Are those who you're coaching really the ones who "need it" most? I don't believe in pouring a ton of coaching into the most struggling teachers -- not as a singular criteria. I think we need to be strategic, maybe coach those who are good but not yet great, those who will spread the good word about how wonderful it is to work with a coach.

      • Dec 19, 2014 9:48pm

        I agree Elena! I would also encourage you to find a way for the teachers to communicate what they think are the biggest areas where they need support. If you did some kind of online survey or questionnaire, this might help you to prioritize areas of growth/support needed school wide.