Instructional Coaches and the Instructional Leadership Team: A Guide for School-Building Improvement

Instructional Coaches and the Instructional Leadership Team: A Guide for School-Building Improvement

by Dean T. Spaulding, Gail M. Smith
     
 

Supercharge school improvement with instructional coaches!

How can coaches seamlessly integrate themselves into the fabric of a school and help teachers improve their practice from day one? This unique companion provides an inside look at the day-to-day work of an instructional coach and offers field-tested activities, materials, and

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Supercharge school improvement with instructional coaches!

How can coaches seamlessly integrate themselves into the fabric of a school and help teachers improve their practice from day one? This unique companion provides an inside look at the day-to-day work of an instructional coach and offers field-tested activities, materials, and data collection forms for coaches and instructional leadership teams. The authors address common challenges, including:

  • Observing classrooms and providing formative feedback
  • Reaching out to the hesitant or resistant teacher
  • Adapting data and analysis into usable information for the team
  • Recruiting, training, and supporting new instructional coaches

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452226385
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
08/08/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
877,320
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 9.94(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
1. I'm So Glad You're Here! The First Day as an Instructional Coach
What Is an Instructional Coach (IC)?
The Instructional Coach - The Early Explorer
Step One: Establish an Instructional Leadership Team (ILT)
Step Two: Establish a Job Description for the IC
Step Three: Establish the Role and Responsibilities for the IC
Step Four: Develop an Action Plan for the IC
Summary
2. The Instructional Coach and the Instructional Leadership Team: A Unique Approach
The Priorities of a School Leader
Priority Two and Strong Instructional Leadership (SIL)
The Instructional Leadership Team (ILT)
An Equal and Shared Voice
Basic Steps for the ILT
Summary
3. Refocus and Start Again! The Instructional Leadership Team Supporting the Instructional Coach
How the IC Carries Out the ILT's Plan
Selection and Implementation of a New Curriculum
IC Providing Professional Development (PD) and Technical Assistance
Feedback for the ILT
Professional Development for the IC
Using Data to Support the ILT and IC
The "Why Is That?" Analysis Technique
Ways the Principal Can Support the IC
How to Work With the Principal
Dos and Don'ts for the Principal/IC Meeting
Summary
4. The Day-to-Day Work of the Instructional Coach
Getting Started
Basic Ways to Work With Teachers
Working With Teachers in Their Classrooms
Summary
5. An Idea for the Day: Strategies and Ideas to Encourage Engagement Between Teachers and the ILT
Summary
6. Assessing Individual and Group Strengths: Strategies for Working With the Resistant Teacher
Who Is the Resistant Teacher?
The IC and Private Investigator
Search and Rescue: Thirteen Strategies for Mining for Gold
Summary
7. Changing Teacher Practices Through Classroom Field-Testing - The ILT's Role
Classroom Field-Testing: A Possible Open Door?
Professional Development Activity
How The Instructional Leadership Team Can Support Action Research
Presenting Classroom Field-Testing Projects
Summary
8. The ILT's Role in Changing Teacher Practices Buildingwide
Professional Development and Changing Teacher Practices
The Role of the IC in Changing Teacher Practices: A Buildingwide Effort
Steps in Establishing a Large-Scale Evidence-Based Framework
The Power of Evidence-Based Classroom Studies
Summary
9. A New Coach in Town! The ILT's Role in Training New Instructional Coaches
What Has Happened Here?
What Should Everyone Do?
The Game Plan: Get Started Right Away!
Player/Coach: Mentor Coaching 101
What's in It for Me? Benefits of the New Mentor Coach Role
Advice From The Field: Tips From Current Instructional Coaches
Everyone Wins: Coaching the Coach Sharpens Everyone's Game
10. Toolbox for the Instructional Coach: Examples of Surveys, Protocols, and Tools
Parent Survey
Teacher Survey
Workshop Training Teacher Survey
Professional Development Planning Sheet
IC Planning Sheet #1
IC Planning Sheet #2
IC Planning Sheet #3
IC Planning Sheet #4
IC Planning Sheet #5
IC Planning Sheet #6
Needs Assessment Survey
Promising Practices Building Survey
References
Index

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