Coaching Institute Flyer 2020-2021
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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 student centered coaching – September 24, 2020
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 teachers who are facilitating problem solving classrooms in virtual environments. 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.
Session 2: Supporting teacher learning through the coaching cycle – October 29, 2020
Coaches will explore their coaching role in greater depth and 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. They will explore ways to engage in this process and collect evidence in a virtual environment.
Session 3: Our role in supporting teacher growth – December 3, 2020
Coaches will reflect on the work with their teachers and engage in collaborative problem solving. They will connect to the problems, tasks and virtual resources teachers are using and explore ways to support teacher learning, and strategies and moves to use in the coaching cycle. Coaches will have an opportunity to examine their roles as coaches and focus areas for their own learning. Opportunities to continue to analyze cases and share problems of practice will be incorporated in the session.
Session 4: Refining strategies and building on teacher strengths – January 28, 2021
Coaches will continue to engage in case analysis and share one of the strategies that they are using with teachers. Coaches 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 and supporting productive teams.
Session 5: Sharing our practice – February 25, 2021
The session will be focused on engaging in the coaching process either in a virtual setting or at a school site – if possible. It will focus on the coaching cycle, including the pre-conference, observation or co-teaching and post-conference. If the virtual coaching collaboration is not possible, we will use video to simulate the process. Case analysis and collaborative problem solving will continue.
Session 6: Collaborative problem solving and team collaboration – March 18, 2021
The session will be focused on supporting team collaboration in a virtual setting. Coaches will continue to focus on problems of practice and engage in collaborative problem solving.
Session 7: Reflection and planning – April 22, 2021
The session will focus on reflecting on the work during the 2020–2021 school year and the collaboration with individual teachers and with teams. Coaches will share artifacts, progress and challenges. They will continue to engage in problems of practice, explore ways to measure the impact of coaching, and to plan for the 2021–2022 school year.