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How do I express the importance and relevance of instructional coaching in my District when my new Superintendent doesn't believe in the model? How can we show him the importance of District level coaches to support the instructional coaches' work at the site?

Nov 13, 2014 10:25pm

I'm in a district that currently has about 600 elementary teachers, 17 schools each with an instructional coach and 4 District level coaches who support all of elementary. We've had large District Office turnover which has eliminated the previously well-supported feel of instructional coaches. Site level coaches have been given a much wider scope of duties and can not get into classrooms as they used to. We need to show the value of our site-level coaches as well as defend the need for District level coaches to support our classroom instruction, provide training to both teachers and site coaches, and demonstrate a variety of resources and best practices to enhance the education of our elementary students.

  • Other
  • Pre K-6
  • Coaching

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    • Nov 16, 2014 6:19am

      Keeping a coaching journal is an excellent way to track teacher / student learning & progress. Also interview teachers who have had success with the coaching model. Prepare 'quotes' to help support your work. Also, include places in which your work can grow.

      • Dec 6, 2014 9:34am

        Michelle, great idea! Another thing I was thinking was to also collect anecdotes from several coaches about the work they are doing and needs that they see, connect this with student success and areas of need in each school.