The Purpose of Instructional Coaching (Teacher Partner)

The purpose of the Instructional Coaching (Teaching Partner) 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 coaching model recognizes the needs of each individual teacher and is tied to a School Improvement Plan and the District’s Strategic Plan. In this way effective collaboration can result in the ultimate goal of improved student performance.

“Instructional coaching is fundamentally about teachers, teacher leaders, school administrators and central office leaders examining practice in reflective ways with a strong focus on student learning and results as the ultimate barometer of improvement” (Annenberg Institute for School Reform).

Bringing Together a Bigger Team

At times through the year, we will increase the coherence between teaching partners, teacher leaders, consultants, coordinators, and coaches, bringing all teams together to have and hear collective messages and fostering collaboration at the building level.


Coaching can be instrumental in helping to:

  • Meet or exceed expectations in reading, writing, mathematics and science in all schools and at the District level
  • Increase high school graduation rates
  • Provide a clear and specific connection between student achievement data, the School Improvement Plans and the District Strategic Plan
  • Encourage equitable student participation to be disaggregated by ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status in all programs and student discipline data

Guiding Principals Relative to Coaching

Teacher job embedded professional learning and growth

  • Student learning is at the heart of our work.
  • Professional learning emerges from mutual respect, collegial relationships and a shared responsibility for student learning.
  • Multiple entry points in the coaching continuum provide team members the opportunity to engage in professional learning.
  • Job embedded learning provides authentic context.
  • Learners benefit from descriptive feedback relevant to their professional goals.
  • Gradual release of responsibility supports student and adult learning.

Coach Academy 2018-2019

Teaching partners will be supported in a variety of ways throughout the year. During the Coaching Academy, there will be specific times designated to the art of coaching as well as supporting the collaboration, connections, and content that all teaching partners should have including, but not limited to, subject areas such as math and literacy, technology, gifted and talented education, and student supports.

There will also be opportunities to work closely with the Lead Instructional Coach at both the elementary and secondary level on job embedded professional learning and collaboration within the community.

Professional Learning Topics

Dates for the APS Coaching Academy


Academy #1

Copy of Published Copy of #1 Teaching Partner (Coaching) Academy


Academy #2

Copy of #2 Coaching Academy Elementary
Copy of #2 Coaching Academy Secondary


Academy #3

Teaching Partner (Coaching) Academy #3


Academy #4

Teaching Partner (Coaching) Academy #4


Academy #5

Teaching Partner (Coaching) Academy #5