Here are some suggestions for looking at the research on coaching. A few years back Jake Cornett and I co-authored a chapter on the research on coaching. You can download it here: http://instructionalcoach.org/research/tools/research-on-coaching
Also, Jake and I presented at AERA on the topic of the Impact of Coaching, and you can download that article here:
We have two other studies that we almost ready to publish, but they are not ready for publication. In the meantime, you can read a rigorous study that shows the impact of coaching on learning by Biancarosa here:
Finally, Bob Marzano's book on coaching does an excellent job of summarizing the research on coaching. You can find that here:
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The short answer is: this is a really good and important question (the first one) and there isn't a ton of research. There's enough to show that it has a very positive impact on teacher effectiveness (classic research done by Joyce and Showers) but I think the really important research that needs to be done is on the impact that coaching has on student learning. That's hard to gather -- so many variables -- but really important. There is some research validating the impact especially in early literacy but there isn't a lot.
Thank you Mr. Knight--this looks promising. I appreciate your taking the time to share these resources.
I have been searching and haven;t found much either so I am pleased to know it was not just me overlooking something. Thanks Elena.
I have read publications about effective coaching from Jim Knight and Elena Aguilar. Amazing! The information truly helped me as I transitioned from classroom teacher to instructional coach.
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