Coaching is a form of professional development that, when implemented well, is highly impactful because it takes place in the context of a trusting relationship, is individualized and naturally differentiated, and is driven by the day to day needs and aspirations of the learner. An instructional coach works to continually build the learner’s capacity to be a reflective, self-directed learner.
Coaches can play a unique role in supporting educational equity in schools, as the coach can be a mirror, provide a space to be vulnerable, and a space for the learner to reflect deeply on the degree to which their actions align with their beliefs and values and their impact in the classroom.
In this course, we focus on the underlying ways of being, beliefs and skills that a coach needs in order to coach for educational equity. Participants will reflect upon and deepen their understanding and application of instructional coaching skills and stances that support reflective learning in teachers.
We will accomplish objectives through reading articles and book chapters about coaching, watching coaching role plays and videos, engaging in small and large group discussions and reflective writing activities, as well as practicing coaching skills through simulations and actual coaching conversations.
This course is the first in a series on instructional coaching. If you are interested in developing your instructional coaching, we highly recommend you start with this course.