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Effective curriculum coaching. Meredith Dunn Principal, Northern Elementary Melody Gallenstein Curriculum Coach, Northern Elementary September 2010 . Our background . Northern Elementary Lexington, Kentucky 500 students 40% Caucasion , 40% African American, 20% Hispanic

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effective curriculum coaching

Effective curriculum coaching

Meredith Dunn

Principal, Northern Elementary

Melody Gallenstein

Curriculum Coach, Northern Elementary

September 2010

our background
Our background

Northern Elementary

  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • 500 students
  • 40% Caucasion, 40% African American, 20% Hispanic
  • 85% Free/Reduced Lunch
  • 10-15% Special Education (not including speech only)
  • 3-4 classrooms at each level
  • 4th and 5th grade – departmentalized
  • 2008-2009 CATS Index – 101
  • Based on 08-09 Data – No Achievement Gaps
  • Leadership Staff: 1 Principal, 1 PSA, 1 Curriculum Coach
what is a curriculum coach anyway
What is a curriculum coach anyway?
  • Role will look different depending on the needs of the students and staff in your building.
  • There is not an absolute right way to approach the coaching position but there are some ways to maximize the role.
  • Probably the trickiest position in the school to navigate.
  • Can be called Instructional, Academic, etc
purpose
Purpose
  • Ultimately, you want a Coach that can:
    • Influence school culture positively
    • Increase and encourage professional learning
    • Raise student achievement
    • Build capacity
the role
The Role
  • The job of a Curriculum Coach is to raise the quality of the teaching and learning in every classroom in the school by building a culture in which:
    • Teaching is public and itself the focus of study among professionals
    • Planning for instruction is thorough and collaborative and digs deeply into the content
    • Conversation and questions about improving student results among teachers are constant, evidence-based, and non-defensive.
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What is a curriculum coach anyway?
  • A Curriculum Coach wears many hats during any given day. The following 10 roles break down how a Coach might impact a school.
  • 1. Resource Provider
    • Websites
    • Instructional materials
    • Readings
    • Professional resources
    • Lesson/unit plans
    • Assessments
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What is a curriculum coach anyway?
  • Instructional Specialist
    • Helps implement effective teaching strategies
    • Differentiating instruction
    • Planning lessons
    • Explore instructional strategies appropriate for the school
    • Design assessments
    • Highlight best practices in the classroom and in the profession
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What is a curriculum coach anyway?
  • Curriculum Specialist
    • Understanding content standards
    • Linking curriculum together
    • Long range planning
    • Ensure consistent curriculum implementation throughout the school
    • Lead teachers to agree on standards
    • Use common pacing charts
    • Develop common assessment
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What is a curriculum coach anyway?
  • Classroom Supporter
    • Help teachers implement new ideas
    • Modeling lessons
    • Coteaching
    • Observing and giving feedback
    • Enhance teachers self efficacy – believe in their own abilities and capacity to solve teaching and learning problems
    • Encourage reflection
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What is a curriculum coach anyway?
  • Learning Facilitator
    • Facilitate professional learning opportunities among staff members
    • Help to create a community of learning
    • Facilitate Grade Level Meetings and Committees
    • Foster and environment where staff members regularly consult and ask each other for help.
    • Meet in regular groups to discuss how to improve instruction of specific concepts and skills
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What is a curriculum coach anyway?
  • Mentor
    • For novice teachers
    • Acclimate new teachers to a new school
    • Advise new teachers about instruction, curriculum, procedure, practices, and politics
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What is a curriculum coach anyway?
  • School Leader
    • Serving on a committee
    • School improvement team
    • Represent the school on district task forces
    • Shares the vision of the school
    • Aligns goals with that of the district and school
    • Shares responsibility for the success of the school
    • Possible Site Based Council Member
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What is a curriculum coach anyway?
  • Data Coach
    • Lead conversations that engage teachers in analyzing data to drive classroom instruction
    • Disaggregate data
    • Help plan instruction based on data
    • Give feedback on structures that work and those that need to be revised
    • Help staff members use daily and weekly formative data about student learning to design reteaching and focus instruction on student needs.
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What is a curriculum coach anyway?
  • Catalyst for Change
    • Never content with the status quo
    • Always looking for a better way
    • Coaches who take a catalyst role feel secure in their own work and have a strong commitment to continual improvement.
    • Pose questions to generate analysis of student learning
    • Can lead to sustainable improvement across the school and district
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What is a curriculum coach anyway?
  • Learner
    • Model continual improvement
    • Demonstrate lifelong learning
    • Use what they learn to help all students achieve
special ingredient
Special ingredient
  • Building Relationships
    • Success of a Curriculum Coach depends very much on the personality of the person filling the role. Must be approachable.
    • Teachers MUST trust this person.
    • There cannot be a hidden agenda that the Coach tries to follow. The agenda is student achievement.
    • The Coach is not a teacher but is not technically an administrator either.
    • Principal/Coach Relationship
what to look for in hiring
What to look for in hiring
  • A coach should emphasize these values:
    • Inquiry
    • Deep collaboration
    • Collective responsibility for student learning
    • Teacher as decision maker
    • Curriculum as a tool for good instruction; not as a prescription for instruction
    • Continual adult learning
    • Adult norms of dialogue and debate at the same time as sharing and mutual support
references
References
  • Saphier, J. & West, L. How Coaches Can Maximize Student Learning. Kappan December 2009/January 2010, pg. 46 - 50
  • Harrison, D. & Killion, J. Ten Roles for Teacher Leaders. September 2007, Educational Leadership, Volume 65, Number 1, pg. 74-77
information
information
  • Meredith Dunn

Principal, Northern Elementary

meredith.dunn@fayette.kyschools.us

  • Melody Gallenstein

Curriculum Coach, Northern Elementary

melody.gallenstein@fayette.kyschools.us