Topics in the EmpowerED Coaching strand support systemic coaching needs. We use data triangulation so coaches understand their impact on effective teaching practices. Our belief is that everyone in a system needs coaching and feedback to learn.
Coaching for Clarity: Enhancing Instructional Coaching
Our coaching services ensure that curriculum, instruction and formative assessment are tightly aligned to state and national standards-‐based learning progressions and is also directly connected to the school/district improvement plan. Our coaching model motivates teachers to increase their learning by giving professionals:
▪ A choice in their learning
▪ Allowing them time to master the learning and
▪ Recognizing their success along the way through ongoing feedback.
Student Centered Lesson Study
Our Student-Centered Lesson Study Model supports a collaborative focus on student thinking through observation of classroom practice in real time. Lesson study provides a process that makes concrete goals for student learning by developing an actual lesson collaboratively.
Our professional learning model:
Engages professionals in the concrete tasks of teaching, assessment, and observation;
Is grounded in participants’ questions, inquiry, and experimentation as well as profession-wide research;
Is collaborative, involving a sharing of knowledge among educators.
Microteaching: Video Inspired Teaching
Microteaching is organized practice teaching. The goal is to give instructors confidence, support, and feedback to increase teacher effectiveness by allowing them to practice a “mini-lesson” of what they plan to do with their students in front of their colleagues and friends. Microteaching has been defined as a scaled down realistic classroom training context in which teachers, both experienced and inexperienced, may acquire new teaching skills and refine old ones Why micro-‐teaching is effective:
Microteaching is real teaching;
It lessens the complexities of normal classroom teaching in that class size, scope, and content are reduced;
It focuses on implementation of research based strategies;
It organizes controlled, structured practice sessions;
It allows for immediate, focused feedback and promotes reflection & feedback
Principal Coaching for Clarity
As an administrator placed in a coaching role, it is difficult to know if your coaching is really making a difference. Our coaching model is tied to state and national standards and is also directly connected to the school/district improvement plan. Our coaching model motivates teachers to increase their learning by giving professionals:
A choice in their learning
Allowing them time to master the learning and
Recognizing their success along the way through ongoing feedback.
The criterion for success is co-constructed by the site leadership team to ensure all teachers have a voice in their own learning. We use multiple measures to determine success: teacher perception data, learning walk data, student perception data, and formative and summative achievement data.