How to Build an Instructional Coaching Program for Maximum Capacity

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Corwin Press, Apr 24, 2012 - Education - 213 pages
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Chart your course for success: A guide for school and district leaders

Research supports the value of coaches in improving school culture and facilitating change that leads to staff and student success. This comprehensive resource guides school and district leaders through the journey of developing and sustaining an effective coaching program. The authors engage readers with a nautical metaphor that outlines the planning and implementation process, including how to:

  • Cast a vision for the coaching program
  • Determine desired characteristics of instructional coaches
  • Use data to evaluate and refine the program
  • Communicate the benefits to leaders, principals, and teachers
  • Design appropriate professional training and support
 

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Contents

PREVAILING WINDS NAVIGATING THE PERFECT STORM
1
Boarding the Ship
4
Convincing the Mind
6
Convincing the Heart
8
Structuring the Practice
9
Understanding Coaching Basics
10
Bon Voyage
11
DEAD RECKONING BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND
13
The Role of the Coaching Champion
72
The PrincipalCoach Memorandum of Understanding
74
A Sample Plan for Preparing Principals for Coaching
75
Summary
76
ANCHORS AWEIGH PREPARING COACHES THROUGH PRESERVICE INSTRUCTION
79
Prioritize Specific Knowledge and Skill Sets to Deepen and Refine
80
Develop a Preservice Instruction Plan
81
Champion the Vision
82

Let Go of Certainty
14
Clarify Your Vision
15
Figure Your Present Location
17
Strengthen or Abandon
18
Determine How Far You Have to Go
19
Move From Vision to Plan
20
Start With a Champion Team
21
Do Your Research
22
Develop an Administrative Model
23
Anticipate the Squall
28
SOUNDING THE DEPTHS USING DATA FOR REFLECTING REFINING AND CELEBRATING
31
Identify Program Goals and Coaching Goals
32
Determine Your Purpose
33
To Evaluate Principals or Other Leaders of the Coaching Program
34
To Monitor the Effectiveness of Individual TeacherCoach Relationships
35
Determine the Measures to Meet Your Purposes and Goals
36
Be Prepared to Face the Challenges and the Treasures
37
Determine What Kinds of Data You Will Collect
38
Quantitative Data
39
Qualitative Data
42
Evaluate and Communicate the Results
43
Share Assessment Results With Coaches Teachers or Administrators
44
Celebrate Success
46
Summary
47
READY SET SAIL SELECTING THE COACHING CREW
49
Apply Your Coaching Administrative Model to Your Hiring Plan
50
Know What You Want in a Coach
54
The Coach Must Be a Visionary
55
The Coach Must Be a Masterful Teacher
56
The Coach Must Be Balanced
58
The Coach Must Be a Treasure
59
The Coach Must Be a Person of ArÍte
60
Wrapping Up the Hiring Process
63
O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN PREPARING THE PRINCIPAL
65
Preparing Principals for Instructional Coaching
66
How Instructional Coaching Supports and Facilitates Change
68
The Role of the Principal
70
Know the Community You Serve
83
Embrace the Role of Change Facilitator
84
Understand Holonomy
85
Dont Forget the Captain
86
Summary
88
ALL HANDS ON DECK PREPARING THE TEACHERS AND STAFF
91
Smooth Sailing or Rough Seas?
92
Start With the Best
93
Develop MiniChampions
94
Connect Coaching to Ones School and Personal Vision
96
Accept Resistance
97
Use Sticky Ideas
98
Tell a Story Be a Part of a Story
99
A Culture of Collegiality
101
Provide the Appropriate Environment for Coaching
103
Perfect Storms
106
TRIMMING THE SAILS ONGOING PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND SUPPORT
109
Friday Focus and SŪ CC
110
Consultants
111
Technology Training
112
Coach the Coach
113
Site Visits
114
Relationship
116
Summary
117
MOORING THE SHIP AVALON OR ITHACA?
119
Study and Respond to Your Results
121
Expand Your Program
122
Sustain Your Program
123
Change Your Program
124
Abandon and Reimagine
127
RESOURCES
128
REFERENCES
167
FACILITATORS GUIDE
171
REFERENCES FOR FACILITATORS GUIDE
202
INDEX
204
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About the author (2012)

Nina Jones Morel is an associate professor of education and director of masters programs at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a 2005 winner of the Milken Foundation National Educator Award and has taught at the middle, high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. She has served as a school district administrator and a coaching champion.

Carla Staton Cushman, Ed.S. is the director of the Sumner County Teacher Center in Gallatin, Tennessee, and a coaching champion. She began her career in education as an elementary teacher and has served as a middle school assistant principal and principal. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Union University in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Carla is married and has two adult children and four grandchildren.

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