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Effective Coaching to Strengthen Instruction


Course Description

In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of coaching teachers in order to increase the quality of their instruction for improved student academic success. You will learn about the roles of coaches, with particular emphasis on developing the essential skills of relationships, communication, and observation. With those skills as the backbone, you will learn a coaching cycle for planning, implementation, and debriefing in the context of three different instructional supports—modeling/demonstration, coteaching/ collaboration, and observation. Once you’ve discovered how to plan and implement, you will learn to assess coaching as you consider its outcomes and those who are accountable for them. Finally, you will explore how to begin to foster a coaching culture at your school or in your district.



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Course Presenter

Joellen Killion

Joellen Killion is senior advisor for Learning Forward and formerly its deputy executive director. As senior advisor she leads, facilitates, and contributes to initiatives related to the link between professional learning and student learning. She has over 30 years’ experience in planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning at the school, system, state, and international level. Killion is a frequent contributor to education publications and the author of 12 books including:

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Learning Forward shows educators how to plan, implement, and measure high-quality professional learning so they and their team can achieve success with their system, their school, and their students.

They are the only professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in educator professional development. They help their members leverage the power of professional learning to affect positive and lasting change.

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