Top 5 Practices for Student-Centered Coaching

1) Coaching Cycles

The teacher and coach partner for a 4-6 week coaching cycle. During the coaching cycle, the coach is in the classroom 1-3 days per week, and the teacher and coach meet for weekly 45 minute planning session. Coaching cycles can take place with individuals or teams of teachers.

teacher2) Common Core (or other) Standards

The teacher and coach establish a goal for student learning that is based on the Common Core (or other) Standards. The teacher and coach unpack the standards so they become clear and measureable learning targets. These targets are then the markers of proficiency throughout a coaching cycle.

3) Framework for Teacher Evaluation

Rather than the coach taking on the role of ‘evaluator’, the coach and teacher embed effective instructional practice into daily instruction. The district framework for evaluation is often referenced during instructional planning to ensure that the teacher understands that while coaching is focused on student outcomes, it also supports the teacher to achieve the district expectations for instructional practice.

4) Formative Assessments

The teacher and coach design formative assessments to understand how students are performing on a daily basis. Formative assessments may focus on the standards, engagement, or behavior. They are on-the-spot assessments that are geared towards developing an awareness of where students are in relation to where they need to be.

5) Planning and Delivery of Instruction

Lessons are co-planned during a weekly meeting between the teacher and coach. Then a decision is made whether the lesson will be modeled, co-taught, or observed by the coach. The method that is selected depends on the needs of the teacher and students.

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