West Branch Coaching Cycle

Erin McFarland

PK-6 Reading Coach

What you might see:

  • Observing classrooms
  • Designing appropriate instructional strategies
  • Supporting universal core
  • Analyzing literacy data/student work
  • Supporting grade-level PLCs
  • Co-teaching
  • Facilitating PD
  • Assisting with intervention design

Christa Diemer

PK-12 Personalized Learning/STEAM Integration Coach

What you might see:

  • Classroom observations
  • Small group, individual collaboration
  • Designing appropriate instructional strategies
  • Co-teaching
  • Facilitating PD
  • Guiding implementation of STEAM related programming and technology
  • Integration and facilitation of Project-Based Learning

Jessica Taylor

5-12 Assessment/Data Coach

What you might see

  • Classroom observations
  • Small group, individual collaboration
  • Analysis of student learning (classroom & standardized)
  • Designing appropriate instructional strategies
  • Co-teaching
  • Facilitating PD

What Instructional Coaching Is and Is Not

Instructional coaching is...

  • highly individualized, job-embedded professional development
  • founded on trust
  • observation based
  • developmental and growth- oriented
  • supportive
  • confidential
  • differentiated and based on professional goals and individual growth

Instructional coaching is not...

  • evaluative
  • a means of comparing teachers' skill or efficacy levels
  • about 'fixing someone'

New Teacher Center 2015