US School Districts spend an estimated $18,000 per teacher per year on professional learning (The National Teaching Project, 2015), yet only 40% of teachers feel what they receive is worthwhile. Darling-Hammond (2009) identified effective professional development that meets teachers' needs as "sustained over time...and job-embedded." Coaching represents this type of ongoing, job-embedded professional learning. Coaching is an evidence-based practice (EBP) that increases the likelihood that the knowledge, skills, and dispositions acquired during professional learning will be implemented and sustained (Joyce & Showers, 2002). The coaching modules in these series highlight the essentials of coaching as an EBP and support the practical application of concepts to implement a coaching system.
Coaching Series 1 provides a description of coaching, a research-based rationale, and an introduction to Jim Knight's partnership principles of coaching. Series 1 introduces foundational concepts essential for districts beginning or "rebooting" their coaching system.
Coaching Series 2 moves forward by exploring how effective teams work and the structures they regularly use to make meetings efficient. The series consists of four modules focusing on creating effective teams, supporting teams through the stages of development, and assisting teams in holding effective meetings.
Coaching Series 3 takes a closer look at the importance of positive communication patterns and building collaborative relationships. The manner in which adults interact impacts students achievement is a central theme to this series. The series consists of four modules focusing on climate and culture, collaboration, professional conversations, and reaching consensus.
Coaching in an MTSS Framework: System Change provides a brief overview of the series' modules; the most effective way to use/view the modules; how to access and use handouts; and, details about the pre- and post-assessment you will be required to participate in to receive continuing education credits.