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Maximizing the Impact of Instructional Coaching. From the Experts. No matter how well trained people are, few can sustain their best performance on their own. That’s where coaching comes in. - Atul Gawande. Three-Part O bjective.

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from the experts
From the Experts

No matter how well trained people are,

few can sustain their best performance

on their own. That’s where coaching

comes in.


three part o bjective
Three-Part Objective

Participants will identify ingredients of successful Instructional Coaching programs to implement at their district or home campus through discussion, sharing, note-taking, reflection, and questioning.


Cazilda Steele, Ed.D.

Principal - Mayde Creek High School (2009 - present)

1 of 7 traditional High Schools in Katy ISD

Approximately 2700 students

Approximately 180 teachers

4 Instructional Coaches

ELA and Math – full time

Science and Social Studies – part –time – (shared with 2nd campus)


Dora Daniluk

Instructional Coach Facilitator, Katy ISD 2012-2014

131 District Instructional Coaches for 2013-14 school year

35 elementary schools with 70 ICs (ELA/SS, Math/Science)

13 Junior Highs with 36 ICs (ELA/SS, Math, Science)

9 (7 traditional) High Schools with 25 ICs (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies)






District IC?

Campus IC?

recent research indicates that with classroom coaching implementation rates rise 85 90
Recent Research Indicates That With Classroom Coaching,Implementation rates rise…85% - 90%

Research on Instructional Coaching

University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning


“Without coaches to provide precise instructions, to model in the classroom, to provide positive and motivating honest feedback, few new practices get implemented, and those that get implemented are usually implemented poorly.”

(Cornett & Knight, Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives, 2009)

objectives of the coaching model
Objectives of the Coaching Model
  • Promote collaboration and communication to support the delivery of instruction
  • Assist teachers with district-promotedinstructional strategies by demonstrating and modeling
  • Analyze data and facilitate data discussions
  • Build campus & teacher capacity
  • Plan and Facilitate on-site professional learning
  • Participate in on-going and extensive professional development
  • Promote and model effective use of instructional technology
major responsibilities katyisd instructional coach
Major Responsibilities KatyISD Instructional Coach
  • Collaboration and Communication
  • Curriculum
  • Data
  • Professional Development
  • Technology
  • Other 
ingredient 1

Ingredient #1

The InstructionalCoach


“Coaching is all about helping transport someone from where he or she is to where he or she needs to be.”

Gauthier & Giber, 2006

percentage of principals who considered the following criteria to a great extent when hiring an ic
Percentage of Principals who considered the following criteria “to a great extent” when hiring an IC
the role of the ic does not include
The Role of the IC Does NOT Include
  • Evaluating Teachers or Providing information for evaluations
  • Serving as a substitute teacher
  • Taking primary responsibility for instruction of a specific student group
  • Disciplining students in an administrative capacity
  • Performing clerical duties outside job criteria
ingredient 2

Ingredient #2

The Campus Principal

instructional leader
Instructional Leader
  • Supporting coaches and teachers
  • Implementing school/district initiatives
  • Meeting with ICs and leadership team on a regular basis
  • Advocating the use of data
    • to interpret strengths and weaknesses
    • to determine instructional focus
  • Sharing best practices
  • Articulating the purpose and components of the coaching model to staff
  • Sharing building and district initiatives/expectations
  • Implementing district curriculum, i.e. unit plans
  • Maintaining the fidelity of the Instructional Coaching Model
  • Repeating expectations when needed
  • Promoting a safe, trusting environment
  • Sharing data is valued and transparent
  • Supporting collaboration and team work
  • Developing a community of learners
  • Promoting continued professional development for all stakeholders
  • Participating actively in campus PD
  • Walking the talk
monitor growing the ics
Monitor – Growing the ICs
  • Setting personal goals
  • Prioritizing time commitments – weekly schedule
  • Promoting self-reflection
  • Supporting professional development
  • Providing IC support network
pd considerations for ic
PD considerations for IC
  • Promoting Teamwork
  • Moving along the Continuum
  • Getting Into the Classroom
  • Revisiting Teams
  • Working with Resistant Teachers
  • Project CRISS Update/Review
  • Taking Review to the Next Level
  • Preparing for Next Year
from the experts1
From the Experts

“Next to the principal,

coaches are the most crucial

change agent in a school.

Without it, many comprehensive

reform efforts will fall short of

real improvement.”

Michael Fullan

ingredient 3

Ingredient #3

The Campus

campus vision
Campus Vision
  • Belief that all students can succeed if opportunity is available
  • Student-centered learning
  • Building teacher capacity
  • Academics and learning are a priority
campus readiness
Campus Readiness
  • Data is understood and used to measure student success and plan for enrichment as well as intervention
  • Growth mindset
  • Time is available for process
  • Professional Learning Communities utilized
campus expectations
Campus Expectations
  • The coach and team leadership work closely together (DC and team lead)
  • Quality 1st Teach
  • Common assessment
  • On-going Professional Development
  • Positive, Supporting Relationships
seasonings can make the difference

Seasonings….can make the difference!











Authentic Listening




The coach and principal’s communication is essential to implementing coaching effectively. -Coaching Matters, p. 104

from the experts2
From the Experts

An Instructional Coach is someone whose chief professional responsibility is to bring evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with teachers and other school leaders.

pd possibilities
PD Possibilities
  • PLC meetings
  • Faculty meetings & Professional Development days
  • Planning of curriculum
  • Lunch and Learn
  • 6 week snippet
  • Tip of the Week
  • Video’s of implemented practice
data conferences
Data Conferences
  • Facilitate Data Conferences
  • Discuss data as a team and share what is working and what needs improvement
  • Analyzing student work
  • Developing grading rubrics
  • Discussing and “tweaking” strategies
other data to consider
Other Data to Consider
  • Student Engagement
  • Transition Time
  • Questioning
  • Instructional vs Non-instructional Time
  • Ratio of Interaction
from the experts3
From the Experts:

“Used effectively, in a way that honors teachers’ professionalism and learning, video can be the most powerful improvement we have experienced in our schools in a long time.”

  • Jim Knight, Focus on Teaching: Using Video for High-Impact Instruction
video taping a window of reality
Video Taping – A Window of Reality
  • Highlighting Positives
  • Documenting Practice
  • Assisting struggling teachers
  • Promoting Reflection
  • Monitoring progress
  • Create your own Teaching Channel





impact of ics
Impact of ICs


  • Consistency in instruction across classrooms
  • Strategies that promote student engagement
  • Reflective conversations in PLCs
  • Planning for delivery, not the calendar
  • Improved Assessment writing
  • Common language across contents
  • Awareness and Understanding of state accountability
impact of ics1
Impact of ICs

In KatyISD

  • Consistency in instruction across schools
  • Strategies that promote student engagement
  • Reflective conversations in PLCs
  • Planning for delivery, not the calendar
  • Improved Assessment writing
  • Common language across contents
  • Awareness and Understanding of state accountability

Award Winning Recipe for Success

Instructional Coach



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