Coaching is an effective way to follow-up with teachers after a workshop. According to research by Bruce Joyce and Beverly Showers on the effectiveness of professional development, conventional approaches to staff development workshops, lectures, demonstrations, etc., show little evidence of transfer into ongoing daily instructional practice. However, when coaching is added to the training design, the level of application of workshop strategies to the classroom setting increased to 90%.
1. Developing Instructional Coaches
In this session, new and practicing instructional coaches will develop the skills and strategies for coaching teachers to make meaningful, long-lasting improvements in instruction and student achievement. Participants will practice the coaching cycle including a pre-conference, observation and post-conference; learn how to give non-evaluative feedback supported by observational data; analyze student work to guide planning and instruction; and use protocols to guide coaching conversations and subsequent action steps.
2. Coaching the Coach
Coaches need on-going professional development to build the special skills required for their work with their colleagues. These sessions are generally scheduled on-site during the school day. Beth will work directly with the coaches during their coaching day providing feedback and support.