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Instructional Coach Support of Novices

Instructional Coach Support​

What Beginning Teachers Can Expect from an Instructional Coach

Each novice teacher is paired with an Instructional Coach who will be a partner in practice during the novice's first two years.  Instructional Coaches support and mentor beginning teachers in a variety of ways during this time. Learning needs, the time of year, unexpected situations, and demands at the school are just a few of the factors that will determine the focus of weekly conversations and periodic observations. Novices receive recertification points for the time they spend with instructional coaches and attending Novice Teacher Forums. 

The following list summarizes a few of the ways which coaches support teachers.

Knowledge of Students

  • Identify and help implement strategies that engage learners.
  • Share learning style assessments, interest inventories, and preference assessments.
  • Help develop and analyze profiles of student learning style, preferences, interests, academic strengths, cultural assets, and social skills.

Knowledge of Content

  • Locate state and division curriculum resources.
  • Connect with Instructional Coaches and other teacher leaders in at the school.
  • Provide relevant links, books, and articles.

Safe, Effective Learning Environment

  • Help develop routines and procedures that facilitate learning.
  • Help define and establish expectations for behavior.
  • Provide information about prevention and intervention strategies, motivational systems, conflict resolution, classroom design and organization ideas.
  • Identify strategies that promote active and equitable participation.

Planning, Delivery and Assessment

  • Help develop and refine curriculum maps and pacing guides.
  • Co-analyze student work and assessment data to help make instructional decisions.
  • Help design lesson plans and units that are standards-based and that are aligned with division frameworks and state Standards of Learning.
  • Identify ways to differentiate for the diverse learning needs of students, including strategies and resources for English as a Second Language and special populations.
  • Support utilization of technology and media.
  • Locate and provide a variety of materials and resources to support instructional goals.

Collaboration and Communication

  • Support effective communication with colleagues, administrators, and families.
  • Rehearse communication scenarios such as parent conferences.
  • Identify and connect with personnel who may be a resource to the teacher and the students.
  • Provide resources and protocols that facilitate collaborative planning, co-teaching, collaborative analysis of student work, and participation in a Professional Learning Community.


  • Create and help monitor professional goals.
  • Clarify school and division policy and procedures.
  • Provide and recommend options for professional development.

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