In a traditional classroom, the teacher is typically the only adult in the room. But what if you had the benefit of a master teacher in the room who could help elevate your teaching to a new level?
Schools that partner with NC New Schools receive customized, on-site support for continuous learning. Our instructional coaches do more than simply observe and offer advice -– they help teachers transform education through a laser-like focus on powerful teaching and student learning.
This instructional coaching model is built upon five roles:
- Professional learning that:
- Models best instructional practices that inspire every student to read, write, think and talk;
- Incorporates current and relevant educational research;
- Stretches participants’ thinking; and
- Embeds facilitated planning and meaningful reflection.
- Modeling, co-planning and co-teaching that:
- Offer personalized professional growth;
- Benefit from common professional learning experiences;
- Build on trust, transparency and confidentiality; and
- Cultivate collaboration.
- Instructional rounds that:
- Focus on collected classroom evidence around a student learning question;
- Take place in an authentic classroom environment;
- Ask critical questions that promote non-evaluative, reflective practice; and
- Reinforce the power of making private practices more public.
- Analysis of classroom evidence that:
- Uses multiple sources of data;
- Focuses on student learning outcomes;
- Provides a means for continuous reflection around instructional practices; and
- Engages participants in determining their next goal in the learning cycle.
- Partnering with principals as an instructional leader who:
- Aligns school goals with NC New Schools Design Principles;
- Analyzes trends in instructional data to design next steps for student success;
- Ensures that there is a shared vision and common language for instruction; and
- Promotes a culture of continuous learning among adults in the school.
Instructional coaching is not intended for evaluative or punitive purposes. Instead, it’s a learning opportunity that affords professional teachers with all levels of experience a chance to hone their craft in order to help all students achieve their potential.