How to Plan and Implement a Peer Coaching Program

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Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1991 - Education - 69 pages
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Issues in the implementation of peer coaching, a collaborative process for teacher improvement, are examined in this booklet. Included are a definition of peer coaching; a discussion of a variety of peer coaching activities; an outline of specific observation, data collection, and conferencing strategies; guidelines for designing a site-based peer coaching program; and a discussion of the principal's role. Contextual variables that influence the success of peer coaching efforts are explained, and strategies are presented for maintaining program momentum. A personal planning guide is presented to identify appropriate next steps. The appendix lists Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) resources. Seven figures are included. (37 references) (LMI)

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Pam Robbins' professional interests include leadership development, supervision, developing learning communities, brain research and brain-compatible instruction, teaching in the block schedule, peer coaching, mentoring, promoting quality teaching, and presentation skills. Her teaching career began in 1971 in special education. She later taught intermediate grades and coached high school basketball. As an administrator, she served as director of special projects and research for Napa County (CA) Office of Education and director of training for the North Bay California Leadership Academy. She has lectured at several universities, authored and coauthored books, developed videotapes, and consulted with principals' academies in Alaska, California, Kentucky, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Utah, Pennsylvania, Europe, Great Britain, the Far East, and South America.

In addition, she has provided national and international training sessions for the Department of Defense Education Equity Division, the Ford Motor Company, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the Wisconsin Academy Staff Development Initiative (WASDI), the National Staff Development Council (NSDe, Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Currently, she is consulting with school districts, state departments of education, educational service centers, and corporations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Great Britain, and the Far East. She earned her doctorate in educational administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

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