"Coaching for School Growth" is a year-long, blended-delivery professional development and networking experience guided by the six (6) levers of the West Virginia Continuous Improvement Process: Creating Community; Establishing Focus and Coherence; Supporting Change; Building a Collaborative Culture; Maximizing Capacity; & Growing Professionally. Reflective practice and action research are foundational components that produce the knowledge and skills required to facilitate and support continuous improvement. During the school year, coaches will "learn-by-doing", putting their learning into practice at their respective schools. 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.
Coaching for School Growth combines the complex skills of creating partnerships, establishing trusting relationships and facilitating instructional growth in the entire school organization. The respective roles of transformation coaches and instructional/academic coaches often overlap in the Coaching for School Growth model. Traditionally, academic coaches have played a rather narrow role in schools, working primarily one-on-one-with another teacher. This work is important, and coaches can be instrumental in developing the skills of individual teachers. But, if foundational structures for collaboration are put in place, coaches. work can have unmistakable impact in supporting the transformation of an entire school.
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. The coach will gradually decrease his/her participation in the team meetings once the process has been crystalized and capacity has been built.
The agenda, handouts, and presentations for the May 2012 Institute can be found here.