Instructional Coaches

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and you are the experts so share documents, websites, and other information to extend the thinking and practices of others in your roles.

This blogger, Elena Aguilar, is an experienced K-12 educator, a transformational-leadership coach and consultant in Oakland, Calif. She is the author of The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation (Jossey-Bass, 2013), The Art of Coaching Teams (Jossey-Bass, 2016), and Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators (2018). She is also the founder of Bright Morning Consulting ( and is active on social media. She tackles issues with which you deal - everything from "When It's Time for a Hard Conversation" to "Cultivating Healthy Communication in Teams."

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This webinar by Michael Fullan highlights the coach's role as a change agent in our schools.

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This webinar was provided on May 11, 2017, as a follow-up to her presentation at the Curriculum Leadership Academy on April 20, 2017.  Additional resources are listed below.

Access: Coaching Heavy?  Coaching Light?  Coaching Right!  by Tricia Kurtt  

Elena Aguilar emphasizes the importance of model teaching for new teachers, assuring they have exemplars for which to strive.

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  • Elana Aguilar is a writer, leader, teacher, coach and podcaster. She is the author of six highly acclaimed books: The Art of Coaching, (2013) The Art of Coaching Teams (2016), Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators (2018) and The Onward Workbook (2018) and Coaching for Equity (2020) and The Art of Coaching Workbook (2020)She has also been a frequent contributor to Edutopia, ASCD’s Educational Leadership, and EdWeek Teacher.

    Elena is the founder and president of Bright Morning Consulting, an organization committed to helping individuals and organizations create the conditions for transformation. She has taught tens of thousands of folks how to have conversations that build a more just and equitable world. Elena can be heard demonstrating these conversations on the Bright Morning Podcast.

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This protocol for examining assessments with others is available through the National School Reform Faculty.

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The provides an excerpt from Elena Aguilar's  book, The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation. It offers a coaching framework and dozens of tools which can used by a range of educators. 

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Ms. Houser shares tips and resources.

Access: Inspiring and Encouraging Instructional Coach with Tools and Resources

Edutopia provides tips and resources for instructional coaches.

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Susan Woodruff provides a tool to check the impact of your coaching.  Sheprovides an excerpt from Elena Aguilar's  book, The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation. It offers a coaching framework and dozens of tools which can used by a range of educators. The following is from chapter one.

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This organization led by Jim Knight provides professional learning opportunities and resources for instructional coaches.

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Check out Steve Barkley's blogs on coaching.

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This is a virtual PC in Kansas discussing their coaching framework and the work as instructional coaches.

Access: K-12 Instructional Coaching Framework and Video

The purpose of the Kansas Coaching Project  (Instuctional Coaching Group) is to study factors related to professional learning and how to improve academic outcomes for students through supports provided by instructional coaches.

Access:  Kansas Coaching Project with Jim Knight

Pinterest Board for Instructional Coaching is full of ideas and supports for you as a coach!

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Ben Johnson shares what it is and why it matters.

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In “Learning from Student Work,” Eric Buchovecky of the ATLAS Communities project has described a collaborative process adapted from the work of Mark Driscoll at Education Development Center and that of Steve Seidel and others at Harvard University’s Project Zero. The piece lays out useful reminders for how participants can stay focused on the evidence before them and on listening to multiple perspectives, rather than getting bogged down in assumptions or evaluations. Those norms are summarized with the
author’s permission in this protocol.

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Learning Forward's site for professional learning supports for learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

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Student-Centered Coaching introduces a new way of looking at and delivering school-based coaching that puts the needs of students’ front-and-center. By focusing coaching on specific goals for student learning, rather than on changing or fixing teachers , a coach can navigate directly towards a measurable impact and increased student achievement.

Access:  Student-Centered Coaching with Diane Sweeney

This protocol provides suggestions for teachers in selecting students' work to bring to the table with other teachers to gather feedback.

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Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium has developed these Teacher Leader Model Standards to codify, promote and support teacher leadership as a vehicle to transform schools for the needs of the 21st century.

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Diane Sweemey shares in this video those practices you should avoid as a coach.

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Purpose of the Tuning Protocol — Since its trial run in 1992, The Tuning Protocol has been widely used and adapted for professional development purposes in and among schools across the country. It is best suited to look at a piece of work (from a student, teacher, administrator, etc.) in order to “fine tune” or improve it in some way

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The Instructional Coaching Group, formerly The Kansas Coaching Project, provides these videos.  Check out their videos that they archive regularly. 

Access:  Video Archive on Instructional Coaching

Michael Fullan shares a video clip of your needs when it comes to change.

Access:  What Coaches Need to Know about Change

This site provides interviews with instructional coaches.

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You are the experts!  Please share with us additional web sites you find most valuable in your content area. 

This page was last updated: 4/13/23