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Coaching Flyer 2019–2020

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“The institute has really helped me understand my role as a coach as well as ways to refine my practice. It’s also been extremely beneficial for me to have focused on math teaching and learning (since I’ve been a reading specialist for eight years!)”

“I regularly share resources from the coaching institute—MARS Tasks, FALS, websites—pretty close to all resources I get here.”

“I think I had a change in dialogue and conversations with teachers-asking questions that got them to do more explaining and reflecting/thinking about why they made certain decisions, what effects it had on learning, why student did things, etc.”

“Thank you for all of the opportunities this year! I can’t express to you what an impact these sessions have had on me in my new role! I so appreciate the support and guidance!”

—March 2017 Coaching Institute Survey, Teacher Responses

Session 1: Engaging in the work of mathematics coaching – October 25, 2019 – West 40 ISC

During the first session, participants will explore their coaching role with a focus on student thinking.   They will engage in mathematics together and investigate ways in which they can support problem-solving classrooms. Coaches will explore the ways they communicate with colleagues and administrators and strategies for developing trust and rapport to engage in constructive conversations with teachers. Tools will be introduced and used during the session.

Session 2: Supporting teacher learning through the coaching cycle – November 22, 2019 – District 218 Academy

Vignettes will be used as a vehicle to explore the role of the coach in greater depth. During the session, coaches will have the opportunity to engage in the coaching cycle to support teacher learning through the formative assessment process and the analysis of student learning, both through observations of students and the analysis of student work. Opportunities to share problems of practice will be incorporated in the session. Norms of collaboration will be used to support conversations with teachers.

Session 3: Our role in supporting teacher growth – January 24, 2020 – District 218 Academy

Participants will reflect on their work in their schools and engage in collaborative problem solving. They will connect to the problems and tasks teachers are using in the classrooms and explore ways to support teacher learning, and strategies to use in the coaching cycle. Participants will have an opportunity to examine their roles as coaches and focus areas for their own learning. Opportunities to continue to share problems of practice will be incorporated in the session.

Session 4: Engaging in an on-site coaching cycle – February 14, 2020 – Location TBD

The session will focus on engaging in the coaching process at a school site. The morning sessions will occur at a school site to focus on deepening our understanding of the coaching process to support teacher learning. Participants will continue to engage in collaborative problem solving based on the focus of their own learning and use the opportunity to address problems of practice, including successes and dilemmas in their schools. In the afternoon, coaches will explore their roles in supporting productive teams.

Session 5: Collaborative problem solving and team collaboration – March 13, 2020 – Location TBD

The session will be focused on engaging in the coaching process at a school site. It may focus on coaching an individual teacher or on working with a collaborative group, based upon the needs of the participants. The morning session will build on the work we did earlier in the year and during the afternoon will focus on deepening our understanding of this process and strategies to support teacher learning.

Session 6: Reflection and planning – May 8, 2020 – Location TBD

The session will focus on reflecting on the work during the 201–92020 school year and the collaboration with individual teachers and with teams. They will share artifacts, progress and challenges. Participants will continue to engage in problems of practice. They will explore ways to measure the impact of coaching and to plan for the 2020–2021 school year.