Coaching and Mentoring in the 21st Century
Coaching or mentoring in today’s classrooms needs to be supported and implemented as a systematic process. The team, principal, coach, teachers, community, and students all need to be an integral part of an instructional coaching program.
- PA Coaching- providing a state wide initiative for instructional coaching, building IU capacity and support instructional mentoring services
- PAHSCI- Pennsylvania High school Coaching Initiative
- PIIC – Pennsylvania Institute for Instructional Coaching
- Mentor Handbook - an excellent resource for building an effective educational mentor program
- Jim Knight’s Instructional Coaching Fieldbook >
- Instructional Coaching From AASA
21st Century Instructional Coaching Top Ten
- Build a trusting relationship with your staff. Make connections on some personal levels. Show interest in the person first not just the content and instruction.
- Reassure the teachers that you are there as a support for them to refine their expertise in instruction.
- Communicate effectively through honest feedback, active listening and empathy. Try to think where they are coming from and how they may perceive your presence.
- Begin with discussion about teacher and student needs, interests and readiness.
- Create collaborative attainable goals, action plans and expectations.Don’t expect to much too soon.
- Work at their pace not yours. Moving on with tech resources can be very overwhelming, choose relevant meaningful resource options for teachers and their instruction and student learning opportunities.
- Create opportunities for self reflection and self assessment.
- Determine intended learning outcomes.
- Provide timely training, support and tips when needed.
- Celebrate the success no matter how small. Be positive about growth.