Instructional Coaching

An instructional coach in Hampton City Schools is a non-evaluative teacher leader who works directly with teachers, helps them incorporate research-based instructional strategies, and supports and enhances their implementation of the adopted curriculum in order to maximize every child's learning by:
*expanding teachers’ use of a variety of resources to improve instruction;
*using student data to drive decisions at the classroom and school level;
*aligning instruction with curriculum to meet the needs of all students;
*designing collaborative, job-embedded professional development through planning, *modeling, co-teaching, conducting classroom visits, analyzing data, and offering collegial and actionable feedback;
*increasing the quality and effectiveness of classroom instruction. 

Killion, J. Coaching matters.; Knight, J. A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction

Instructional Coaching Program Vision:  The instructional coaching program positively impacts instruction and student achievement in our schools and division by supporting and enhancing teachers' instructional practice, one conversation at a time.

Instructional Coaching Program Mission:  To work collaboratively within Professional Learning Communities by providing coaching, curriculum/classroom support, and job-embedded professional development opportunities that result in the development and sustainability of teachers' strategies, skills, tools, techniques.

Core Values:  Professionalism, Collaboration, Character, Excellence, Innovation

  • HCS ICP: State Recognition

    • Mrs. Richardson requested to provide coaching technical assistance for 2015 VDOE Coordinators Academy, Roanoke, VA. ICP Technical Assistance PPT


Thank you again for giving us useful information that will help us with our jobs. Miscommunication, or lack of communication, seems to be a problem in many areas... I see it all the time in my organization as well as in the schools, so I certainly appreciate learning these skills to help do my part :-) Thank you for your time, energy, and effort to guide us through this year! YOU are appreciated.

I wanted to say thank you for the last two days. Today was especially transformative because it allowed me to reflect on how I communicate with those around me. I will take what you taught us and use it to forge new relationships with my teachers through active listening and using the talking models you gave us. I always know PDs will be informative, but today really allowed me to reflect on the practice of coaching and the way I communicate with those around me.

How did your COACH training benefit you? (Asked of former coaches now in leadership positions)

  • My coach training continues to shape me as a leader as I listen intently, ask powerful questions, and guide people to deeper understanding and clarity as we collaborate together. 

  • I notice often that if people were to take a different approach (one like what we practice and try to implement) they would probably see much more positive results.

  • Coaching really is about empowering people and helping them to realize their own potential and options in situations.  It leads them to become leaders themselves, no matter the position or capacity. 

  • My coaching training and experience prepared me by helping me to understand that everyone desires to bring their best self to the world and that they just may need help in figuring out the way to demonstrate who that best self really is - and that's OK.
  • Communication! Coaching experiences provided me opportunities that taught me the importance of effectively reading and responding appropriately to different audiences.
  • The coaching training I received has given me new ways to approach conversations with teachers which allow me to empower them to think reflectively and to grow professionally.
  • My coaching training prepared me by teaching me how to ask questions...the right ones...of anyone anywhere at anytime. 
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