What is an Instructional Coach?
With the high stakes assessments and the advent of Common Core Standards the need for greater assistance to teachers has become a necessity for Professional Development. Instructional coaches are onsite professional developers who teach educators how to use evidence-based teaching practices and to support them in learning and applying these practices in a variety of educational settings.
What evidence is there for supporting an instructional coach? Research by the Pennsylvania Institute for Professional Coaching found that teachers who were regularly coached one-on-one reported that:
- They made significant changes in their instructional practice.
- Their students were more engaged in the classroom and enthusiastic about learning.
- Attendance increased dramatically in their classes.
- The faculty has extensive experience in teaching, coaching teachers, and the supervision of instruction.
- The curriculum incorporates state-of the-art strategies for working with teachers and students.
- The curriculum utilizes teaching strategies that support and enhance adult learning.
- This program has been field tested for two years to ensure the best offering to graduate students.
- The classes are interactive through discussion threads, totally online sessions, visitations to classrooms with instructional coaching, and group projects along with ongoing feedback from faculty.
- Completing the four courses qualifies the participants for the valuable Instructional Coach Endorsement that numerous schools are now recognizing as vital for both teachers and students to reach their potential