The purpose of the Instructional Coaching Model is to help close the student achievement gap and accelerate learning for all students by building teacher capacity through implementation of effective instructional practices (Casey, 2008).

The Role of the Coach may include: 

  • Classroom Supporter - To increase the quality and effectiveness of classroom instruction based on using the gradual release model.
  • Instructional Supporter - To support the implementation of effective instructional strategies.
  • Curriculum/Content Facilitator - To promote implementation of state standards through adopted curricula.
  • Data Coach - To facilitate conversations using data to drive instructional decisions.
  • Facilitator for Change - To engage teachers in reflective thinking while looking at their own instructional practices critically and analytically.
  • Learner - To engage in continuous learning in order to keep current.
  • Professional Learning Facilitator -To design and facilitate effective professional learning opportunities based on the District Strategic plan.
  • Resource - To identify a variety of resources to enhance classroom instruction and student achievement.
  • School Leader - To support and communicate school and district initiatives with the school community.

The Role of the Coach does Not Include:

    • Evaluation of Teachers
    • Providing information that would be used for evaluation
    • Serving as a substitute teacher
    • Serving as the principal designee
    • Taking primary responsibility for the instruction in a regular education class
    • Performing clerical duties outside the primary job performance criteria
    • Developing or preparing school budgets
    • Disciplining students in an administrative capacity
    • Serving as an instructional aide
    • Administration of individual student assessments