Instructional Coach Development

Coach University - instructional coach trainingNorth Carolina New Schools’ Coach University is a structured program of professional learning designed to develop exceptional instructional coaches in schools and districts across North Carolina.

Founded in the NC New Schools coaching model, the program is designed to build a cohesive foundation for instructional coaching while developing sustainable staff capacity. The Coach University curriculum is specific to the North Carolina education landscape with a strong emphasis on instructional strategies that align with the new Common Core State Standards.

The 24-day Coach University program takes place over 12 months in a typical cohort. Services include individualized on-site support, group professional development, foundational training with school staff and administrators, study visits to model schools and a statewide conference highlighting instructional best practices.

Upon completion of the program, instructional coaches will be equipped with the skills to:

  • Facilitate whole-staff professional development to support the use of evidence-based practices that inspire all students to read, write, think and talk in every classroom, every day.
  • Conduct demonstration lessons or co-teaching in various classrooms so that teachers can experience the practices in a classroom setting.
  • Support an instructional rounds model to assist classroom teachers in reflection on their own practice and help them determine appropriate next steps.
  • Help faculties use data effectively for instructional planning.
  • Partner with principals as instructional leaders to plan professional development sessions for the school year.

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