Instructional Coaching

Excellent instruction every day in every class for every student.

Perry Community School District received the Teacher Leadership Grant beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. One goal is to use coaching to improve student learning through the work of Instructional Coaches. Instructional Coaches individualize support based on a teacher's chosen area of focus.

Coaching Roles:

  • Supporting teachers
  • Modeling teaching strategies
  • Observing with feedback
  • Facilitating professional development
  • analyzing data


  • Jim Knight Instructional Coaching Seminar
  • Jim Knight High Impact Instruction
  • Cognitive Coaching I and II
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Conference
  • Heartland AEA Instructional Coaches Network
  • Iowa ASCD Curriculum Academy
  • Iowa Technology & Education Connection Conference (ITEC)
  • Facilitating Adult Learners class


  • Instructional Coaches meet weekly with the Teacher Leadership & Mentor Coordinator and the Director of Teaching & Learning to participate in professional learning, to plan district and building professional development, build knowledge through book studies, and improve coaching skills.
      • Book Studies:
        • The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
        • Leading Change by John B. Kotter
        • Transforming School Culture by Anthony Muhammad
        • Thanks for the Feedback by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen
        • Student-Centered Coaching by Diane Sweeney
  • Instructional Coaches meet monthly with district administrators to communicate successes, discuss district-wide initiatives, and plan for upcoming events. The group participates in a book study of professional literature.
  • The Coaches' Corner is sent each Thursday to all teachers to communicate interesting articles, teaching strategies and technology to use in the classroom.
  • Present to the School Board.
  • Attend monthly team meetings.
  • Social Media: Twitter

The Bluejay Way:

  • Coaches record time and how it is spent with an individual time log.
  • Each Coach observes every teacher in the district during the course of the year; leaving personalized, non-evaluative feedback. Written feedback is provided for each teacher after the observation.
  • Technology and effective teaching strategies are embedded in professional learning opportunities.