Effective Coaching to Strengthen Instruction

Are you an effective mentor, coach, or peer leader in your school or district? Have you considered expanding the skills you've developed in that capacity into a more formalized role, but weren't sure where to start? Now you can turn your passion for helping your colleagues into role as an instructional coach, one of the most interesting and effective specializations in K-12.
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In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of coaching teachers in order to increase the quality of their instruction for improved student academic success. You will learn about the roles of coaches, with particular emphasis on developing the essential skills of relationships, communication, and observation. With those skills as the backbone, you will learn a coaching cycle for planning, implementation, and debriefing in the context of three different instructional supports—modeling/demonstration, coteaching/collaboration, and observation. Once you’ve discovered how to plan and implement, you will learn to assess coaching as you consider its outcomes and those who are accountable for them. Finally, you will explore how to begin to foster a coaching culture at your school or in your district.

  • Practical guidance from an expert on instructional coaching
  • Convenient, flexible online format
  • 45 PD hours or 3 graduate credits
Skills You'll Learn

In this course, you'll learn the three types of support an instructional supporter provides (demonstration lessons; collaborative teaching; and observation and feedback), the coaching skill of developing relationships with teachers and school leaders, and how to assess coaching to determine its effectiveness as well as determine accountability within the coaching process.

Course Overview

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About the Instructor

Joellen Killion is senior advisor for Learning Forward and formerly its deputy executive director. As senior advisor she leads, facilitates, and contributes to initiatives related to the link between professional learning and student learning. She has over 30 years’ experience in planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning at the school, system, state, and international level. Killion is a frequent contributor to education publications and the author of 12 books. Her most recent books, published in 2017, are Taking the Lead: New Roles for Teacher Leaders and School-based Coaches, 2nd edition (with Cindy Harrison) and The Feedback Process: Transforming Feedback for Professional Learning. Her other books include Coaching Matters (with Cindy Harrison, Chris Bryan, and Heather Clifton), Assessing Impact: Evaluating Staff Development, The Learning Educator: A New Era in Professional Learning (with Stephanie Hirsh), Becoming a Learning School (with Patricia Roy), and others.

PCG Education

PCG’s Education practice offers consulting services and technology solutions that help teachers, schools, school districts, and state education agencies/ministries of education to promote student success, improve programs and processes, and optimize resources. PCG offers more than 50 online professional development courses to help teachers improve their skills, grow their careers and more effectively help and support their students.


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