Educators agree that helping teachers improve their instructional practice and strengthening school cultures that embrace continuous improvement makes a difference in schools. Our model highlights four essential elements that help transform schools and promote consistent learning: working one-on-one and in small groups; collecting, analyzing, and using data; promoting evidence-based literacy practices across all content areas; and supporting reflective and non-evaluative practice. Together, these elements help coaches answer the questions: “What am I doing as a coach to help teachers change and improve their practice” and “What am I doing as a coach to help teachers improve student engagement and outcomes”? Instructional coaching is intended to reinforce teachers’ and administrators’ practices so that instruction is rigorous, delivery is effective, and assessment is appropriate for student learning to improve.

Professional Development and Customized Services

Growing a systems approach to schoolwide improvement
Supporting school-wide transformation through a job-embedded teacher professional development model
Personalizing professional development for instructional coaches and instructional mentors
Developing instructional mentors, a.k.a. the coach’s coach
Building leadership skills and building knowledge base
Working with adult learners to promote, sustain, and support teaching and learning

Research and Evaluation

Our research details our lessons learned about effective instructional coaching and how consistent and regular implementation of instructional coaching as a professional learning strategy influences teachers, their instruction, and their students. Research, when collected, analyzed, and used appropriately, improves the practice of instructional coaching and meets the needs of schools, teachers, and students. Educator-centered instructional coaching promotes professional learning, improves teacher instructional practice, and bolsters student engagement and student learning.

Our research represents findings from both qualitative and quantitative research. Since 2009, researchers have conducted over 50 studies and analyses. The mixed methods include trend and longitudinal surveys, secondary data analyses, interviews, focus groups, classroom and school observations, document review and analysis of state, district and school-level data.