Supporting ALL Educators
Though coaches are quite knowledgeable in many areas, continuous school improvement is an area in which they may not have had training. Fortunately, coaches are eager learners and are skilled in reflective practice and action research that are foundational components of coaching for school growth. In an effort to provide coaches with the knowledge and skills to facilitate and support continuous improvement, Coaching for Learning leadership will provide a year-long professional development and networking experience guided by the six (6) levers of the West Virginia Continuous Improvement Process.
Guided by the Coaching for Learning curriculum/trainings, coaches will put their learning into practice at their respective schools (learning-by-doing). They, in turn, will support school teams with learning the structures, processes and attitudes necessary to make changes throughout the school aimed at increasing student learning. The coach is the person "on the ground", in the school on a day-to-day basis, and over time strategically introduces a collection of tools, processes and practices for teams and individual teachers to use.
Depending upon the current reality of the school(s) in which the coach is assigned, the coach may need to assist with the process of creating the foundational structures for collaborative teaming. Over time, the coach will gradually decrease his/her participation in the team meetings once the process has been crystalized and capacity has been built.