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Instructional Coaching

About Instructional Coaching

Participants of Instructional Coaching will learn about the most current thinking on instructional coaching and the role coaches play with teachers, school leadership, data and assessment, supporting the implementation of the CT Core State Standards and the CCT Rubric for Effective Teaching (2014) in the classroom. A primary purpose of Instructional Coaching the Institutes is to ensure that our colleagues benefit from theory, research, and practice. Participants will benefit from instructional coaching research and clinical knowledge work of Jim Knight, Charlotte Danielson, Michael Fullan, Norman Webb’s Depths of Knowledge and others.

Grades K-5 Instructional Coaching Institutes for Novice Coaches

This 3-day institute is for beginning/novice elementary instructional coaches or for coaches who want to attend formal training on instructional coaching.
Participants will learn about the most current thinking on topics of instructional coaching, including the essential elements of an effective instructional coaching, the coaching cycle, connecting with teachers, analyzing teacher needs, observing classes, collaborating on interventions, modeling, providing feedback, and supporting a professional learning community.
Participants will learn at our Magnet School lab-site classrooms or partnership schools in the Greater Hartford Region utilize newly acquired strategies in a K-5 lab school setting, and acquire the tools required to balance the multiple roles of a coach and to support colleagues in the classrooms.

Grades 6 to 12 Instructional Coaching Institute for Novice Coaches

This 3-day institute is for beginning/novice middle and high school coaches or for coaches who want to attend formal training on instructional coaching.
The Instructional Coaching Institute is for coaching specialists, coordinators, and or department leaders in secondary education. The institute emphasizes building collaboration, cohesion, and content area instructional practices that are unique to teachers in secondary school education.
Participants will learn about the most current thinking on topics of instructional coaching, including the essential elements of an effective instructional coaching, the coaching cycle, connecting with teachers, analyzing teacher needs, observing classes, collaborating on interventions, modeling, providing feedback, and supporting a professional learning community.
Participants will learn at our Magnet School lab-site classrooms or partnership schools in the Greater Hartford Region utilize newly acquired strategies in a K-5 lab school setting, and acquire the tools required to balance the multiple roles of a coach and to support colleagues in the classrooms.

Kindergarten to Grade 12 Instructional Coaching Institute for Master Coaches

This institute is for experienced instructional coaches, at all levels of schooling, who have either attended Instructional Coaching training or have at least 4-5 years coaching experience.
The Master Coaching Institute is for experienced instructional coaches, coaching specialists, coordinators, and/or department leaders working to advance their coaching knowledge, technique, and strategies. The institute looks to hone a deeper understanding of various coaching frameworks, theory, research, current perspectives and practices and explores the unique perspective of “coaching mindset.” This institute will focus on working in lab-site classrooms, assessing student work, peer feedback, videotape, building networks for change, and identifying ways to improve teacher reflection to improve student learning.

School and District Leaders Working with Instructional Coaches: Connecting to Teaching and Learning

The purpose of this workshop is to expand school leaders’ understanding of the roles and responsibilities of instructional coaches, the coaching cycle, the relationship between the instructional coach and teachers, and the challenges instructional coaches encounter. The workshop will focus how the school principal builds an effective and supportive relationship with the instructional coaches as they support teachers to improve student learning.

Instructional Coaching PLC for Novice Coaches (4 half-days)

The Instructional Coaching Professional learning community focuses on honing instructional coaches’ skills and knowledge in various areas, including working with school leaders, walkthroughs, providing useful and delivering appropriate feedback, and maintaining and sustaining instructional coaching in the school. Additional, the PLC supports a school culture and climate that utilizes coaching as a cornerstone for ensuring high expectations and achievement for all learners. The PLC is for coaches at all grade levels and content areas, including literacy, numeracy, instructional and STEM coaches at all grade levels may register for the PLC. The Instructional Coaching PLC is free to the instructional coaches who have attended the K-5 and the 6-12 novice coaches.

Japanese Lesson Studies, Facilitation, and/or Demonstrations

CREC consultants provide professional learning workshops, guidance and/or facilitation for Japanese Lesson Studies. Under the guidance of a trained facilitator, teachers work collaboratively to develop targeted lesson planning and implementation skills. These job-embedded lesson studies or demonstration lessons have three essential components: preconference lesson planning, demonstration lesson, and debriefing and next steps. This work is tailored to the needs of districts.

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