Presentation on theme: "Creating System-Wide Support for Learning Coaches with Joellen Killion"— Presentation transcript:
1 Creating System-Wide Support for Learning Coaches with Joellen Killion Developed by ARPDC as a result of a grant from Alberta Education to support implementation
2 Roles of Coaches in Supporting Teachers April 10, 2012Joellen KillionSenior AdvisorLearning Forward10931 W 71st PlaceArvada, CO
3 OutcomesUnderstand the different ways coaches support teachers and when each is appropriateReflect on how learning coaches spend their time to assess their leverage for improving teaching and student learningIntroduction of outcomes 1-2 minutes
4 Roles of Coaches Taking the Lead Government of Alberta Mentor Learning FacilitatorLearning SupporterInstructional SpecialistCatalyst for ChangeChange AgentData CoachAssessment GuideResource ProviderResource SupplierClassroom SupporterClassroom AdvocateSchool LeaderLearnerLifelong LearnerCurriculum Specialist
5 ALBERTA LEARNING COACH DEFINITION Learning coaches work to improve student achievement by providing local support to teachers to strengthen inclusive practices.ALBERTA LEARNING COACH DEFINITION
6 Mentor / MentorRolePurposeResponsibilityMentorBuild and maintain confidential relationships with teachers so that a high level of trust is created and maintained between the teacher and the learning coach.To increase the instructional skills of the novice teacher and support school-wide induction activitiesMentor new teachers or support the work of building based teacher mentorsDemonstrate lessons, co-teach, co-plan instructionAssist with “new-to-teaching” and “new to-the school” issuesAssist with classroom management
7 Learning Supporter / Learning Facilitator RolePurposeResponsibilityLearning SupporterLearning FacilitatorIn collaboration with staff, identifying school needs in order to implement professional learning plans which will enhance teachers’ abilities to address the diverse strengths and needs of learnersTo design collaborative, job-embedded, standards-based professional learningCoordinate learning opportunities for teachersDesign and deliver trainingEnsure that a variety of PD models are used: study groups, lesson study, examining student work, classroom visitation
8 Instructional Specialist / Instructional Specialist RolePurposeResponsibilityInstructional SpecialistBuilding teacher capacity to explore the use of research-based teaching strategies and innovative promising practices (e.g., differentiated instruction, positive behaviour supports, universal design for learning, response to intervention) to ensure that all students have access to meaningful and effective learning opportunitiesTo align instruction with the curriculum to meet the needs of ALL studentsAssist teachers in the selection and implementation of appropriate instructional strategiesAssist teachers in the implementation of differentiation strategiesWork with individuals and groups of teachers
9 Change Agent / Catalyst for Change RolePurposeResponsibilityChange AgentCatalyst for ChangePromoting exploration and change in instructional practices (e.g., introducing innovative ideas, questioning practices, making observations, new technology).To create disequilibrium with the current state as an impetus to explore alternatives to current practiceIntroduce alternatives or refinementsMake observations about current practiceAsk hard questions about current practiceEngage teachers in Evaluation Think
10 Assessment Guide / Data Coach RolePurposeResponsibilitiesAssessment GuideData CoachHelping teachers select, understand, and use data to improve instructionTo ensure that student achievement data is used to drive decisions at the classroom and school levelIdentify school-wide and grade-level, department trendsSupports teachers using data to improve instructionFacilitate data conversations that analyze student learning and identify next steps
11 Resource Supplier / Resource Provider RolePurposeResponsibilitiesResource SupplierResource ProviderProviding information and resources upon teacher requestTo expand teachers’ use of a variety of resources to improve instructionAssist teachers in locating information, materials, examples, of “best practice,” assessments of student learningOffer and recommend resource sitesUpdate staff about current practicesFind alternative teaching materials for differentiation of instruction
12 Classroom Advocate / Classroom Supporter RolePurposeResponsibilitiesClassroom AdvocateClassroom SupporterBuilding teacher capacity to explore innovative instructional practices through systemic modeling, co-teaching and feedbackTo increase the quality and effectiveness of classroom practiceModel/demonstrate effective instructional strategiesCo-plan and/or co-teach lessonsObserve and give feedback to teachers
13 School Leader / School Leader RolePurposeResponsibilitiesSchool LeaderWorking closely with school administration to promote and support school improvement that aligns with district visionTo work collaboratively (with formal and informal leaders) to plan, implement, and assess school change initiatives to ensure alignment and focus on intended resultsFacilitate/serve on leadership teams within the schoolAssist with coordination of services of all coaches or resource personnelServe as another set of eyes for principal with change initiativesFacilitate alignment among individual teacher goals and school goals
14 Lifelong Learner / Learner RolePurposeResponsibilityLifelong LearnerLearnerModeling, experiencing and promoting continuous learning experiences (e.g., asking questions, researching possibilities, seeking a variety of optionsTo model continuous learning in order to keep current, be a thought leader in the school, and model reflecting on practiceModel attitudes and behaviors teachers need to be successfulModel applications of learningProactively advocate for their own learning opportunities
15 Curriculum Specialist RolePurposeResponsibilityCurriculum SpecialistTo ensure implementation of adopted curriculumDeepening teachers’ content knowledgeAligning written, taught, and assessed curriculumIntegrating content areas to provide additional opportunities for students to practice and apply their learning
16 Teacher PerceptionsBased on the role descriptions, which roles do you think teachers consider the most important? Choice one and explain your rationale.MentorLearning SupporterInstructional SpecialistChange AgentAssessment GuideResource SupplierClassroom AdvocateSchool LeaderLifelong Learner
17 Influencing Teaching and Learning Which roles do you feel are most important to strengthen teaching and student learning? Share one and explain our thinking.MentorLearning SupporterInstructional SpecialistChange AgentAssessment GuideResource SupplierClassroom AdvocateSchool LeaderLifelong Learner
18 Coaching Heavy / Coaching Light Focus on results for students and changing practiceWilling to challenge assumptions and practiceFocus on teacher well-beingBelieves relationships are more important than results
19 Time AllocationRank order the roles in terms of how learning coaches spend their time.MentorLearning SupporterInstructional SpecialistChange AgentAssessment GuideResource SupplierClassroom AdvocateSchool LeaderLifelong Learner
20 Factors that Influence Roles What factors influence the roles of coaches?Who should select/determine the role(s) of coaches?What advice do you have about how many roles a coach fills?
21 Factors that Influence Roles What is research saying about the roles of coaches?
22 Take Aways What are you taking away from our session today? What is next step for you related to roles of coaches?