From content expert to facilitator of student-centered teacher teams — coaches take on many different roles in districts. Regardless of the role, the research is clear: coaches have a powerful impact on teacher practice, and professional development greatly helps them maximize their role.
In the new institute "Powerful Coaching: Supporting Higher Standards in Math and Literacy" (October 10-11, 2016 in Seattle), project directors from the Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) and leading content area experts will help aspiring coaches and teacher leaders learn and use a set of tools and processes for supporting teachers in the context of higher standards in math and literacy.
Institute participants will learn a set of grounding principles for any coaching situation and then will dive into either math or literacy. All coaches will return to their schools knowing how to work from an inquiry- and strengths-based stance as they support teachers and identify teachers’ areas of strength in their instructional practices and planning.
At the Center for Educational Leadership we are dedicated to eliminating the achievement gap that continues to divide our nation’s children along the lines of race, class, language and disability. Our faculty, staff and consultants come from research institutes, state education offices, school and district administration offices and K-12 and college classrooms.