Resources about Instructional Coaching
ACPS Model Assumptions
Coaching in ACPS is based on the assumptions that coaches:
- Support dynamic implementation and continuous improvement of FQL, TPA, PLC, and best teaching and learning practices.
- Influence teaching practices in individual classrooms.
- Engages and facilitates teachers around learning.
- Support investment in school-based changes/development
- Are school-based and centrally-managed
- Support vertical/horizontal communications within a school
- Use an in-school and cross-school collaborative team-centered approach.
Support for ACPS Coaches includes: a New Coach Induction (first year), bi-monthly Instructional Coach PLC ("ICPLC") meetings, weekly cluster meetings, opportunities for co-coaching, time for goal-setting/reflection, quarterly observation(s) by Lead Coach.
Articles and Presentations About ACPS Coaching
- "The Ed Narrative"- Darren Ralston This collection of podcasts developed by Darren Ralston, instructional coach for Albemarle County, focuses on reflective practice in education.
- "Interview with Superintendent Pam Moran on Instructional Coaching" - Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day Larry Ferlazzo's interview with Dr. Pam Moran, Superintendent of Albemarle County Public SChools, about instructional coaching.
- "Personal Best" - The New Yorker Magazine Top athletes and singers have coaches. Should you? This article by Atul Gawande from October 2011 includes information about Albemarle County Public Schools' instructional coaching model.
- ACPS Coaching Model Overview This presentation was shared to provide context for a discussion about instructional coaching at a March 2015 principal's meeting.
- ACPS Instructional Coaching: Partnering, Connecting, Learning This presentation was given to the ACPS School Board in the spring of 2015.
General Coaching Frameworks
- Reflections on Cognitive Coaching This Educational Leadership article describes how cognitive coaching helps teachers exploring untapped resources within themselves.
- The Art of Coaching Teachers Elena Aguilar, author of "The Art of Coaching," regularly updates this blog on Ed Week.
- Differentiated Coaching Jane Kise, author of this book 1st year coaches study, explains on her website why coaching should be differentiated based on teacher preferences.
- "Teach to Win" by Jim Knight This article, from Principal Leadership, describes seven success factors for instructional coaching programs.
- Instructional Coaching This website from the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning provides research and resources on instructional coaching.
- Five Things to Consider Before Becoming an Instructional Coach Author & coach Elena Aguilar highlights five pivotal considerations any teacher need to reconcile before embarking on the journey of becoming an instructional coach.
Support of Novice Teachers
- New Teacher Center This website references the New Teacher Center at Santa Cruz, which informed how instructional coaches support the induction of novice teachers.
- Center for Teacher Leadership This center provided professional development support in the first years of the ACPS Instructional Coaching model.
- "Phases of First-Year Teaching" - New Teacher Center This article by Ellen Moir outlines the journey of the first year teacher.