Instructional coaching

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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