Connect inquiry to improved teaching and learning across your district!
Now that federal and state initiatives require school districts to provide job-embedded professional development, the next step is making it happen. This book helps districts define, develop, and implement a systematic inquiry-based process with a laser-like focus on both adult and student learning. This book�s inquiry model challenges educators and students to: Define questions they are passionate about exploring; Collect and analyze data to inform their questions; Share what they have learned through the process with others; Collaborate to build on their results and improve student achievement
The authors' award-winning school improvement program, featured in the text, offers a fresh look at how to improve the quality of teaching and learning across a district. Administrators, teachers, and students will find an invaluable road map for tackling real-world challenges and taking control of their own learning.
Chapter 7: The Importance of Coaching
The Importance of Coaching
Coaches support teachers as they work together to grapple with problems of practice and to make smarter, collaborative decisions that are enriched by the shared practice of the entire community. When coaches choose roles and allocate their time and services to those that have the greatest potential for impacting teaching and student learning, the value of coaching and coaches will be unquestioned, even when budgets are tight and other competing priorities emerge.
The opening quote to this chapter underscores the important role of coaching in building a districtwide, systemic, powerful professional development program. Although the concepts we have discussed so far in this book hold tremendous potential for improving the teaching and learning that occurs in ...