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How to Build an Instructional Coaching Program for Maximum Capacity

How to Build an Instructional Coaching Program for Maximum Capacity

Forward by Stephen G. Barkley

April 2012 | 232 pages | Corwin

Chart your course for success: A guide for school and district leaders

As school and district leaders navigate the sea of new initiatives and standards, shoring up with an instructional coaching program is more critical than ever before. Research supports the value of coaches in improving school culture and facilitating change that leads to staff and student success. This comprehensive resource guides school and district leaders through the journey of developing and sustaining an effective coaching program. The authors engage readers with a nautical metaphor that outlines the planning and implementation process, including how to

  • Cast a vision for the coaching program
  • Determine desired characteristics of instructional coaches
  • Use data to evaluate and refine the program
  • Communicate the benefits to leaders, principals, and teachers
  • Design appropriate professional training and support

The Facilitator's Guide includes chapter-by-chapter resources, references, forms, vignettes, and brain-based learning activities for groups. The authors inspire educators to abandon the "old school" isolation islands for a collaborative culture that champions professional learning for the benefit of districts, schools, staff, and—most importantly—students.

Foreword by Stephen G. Barkley
About the Authors
1. Prevailing Winds: Navigating the Perfect Storm
2. Dead Reckoning: Beginning Wth the End in Mind
3. Sounding the Depths: Using Data for Reflecting, Refining, and Celebrating
4. Ready, Set, Sail: Selecting the Coaching Crew
5. O, Captain, My Captain: Preparing the Principal
6. Anchors Aweigh: Preparing Coaches Through Preservice Instruction
7. All Hands on Deck: Preparing the Teachers and Staff
8. Trimming the Sails: Ongoing Professional Learning and Support
9. Mooring the Ship: Avalon or Ithaca?
Facilitator's Guide
References for Facilitator's Guide

“This insightful and impressive book stresses that taking the difficult path with grace and wit is the hallmark of a great coach. In addition, the authors accurately describe what coaches should and should not do for their clients.”

Gail A. Epps, Program Manager, New Teacher Induction
Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD

“This is a much needed book. I found great value in its framework for planning a drastic change in school culture through collaboration among administrators and campus-level stakeholders.”

Vanessa Nieto-Gomez, Training and Professional Development Administrator
Houston Independent School District, TX
Key features
(1) Provides a practical framework for starting and sustaining a viable instructional coaching program.
(2) Chapter includes tools to "model the model," e.g., reflection prompts, vignettes, and brain-based learning activities for groups.
(3) Includes an array of reproducibles to help readers navigate throughout their own journeys.

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