At the core of our coaches’ practice lies our coaching model which outlines the various facets of the roles, responsibilities, and guiding statements that inspire our coaches. The facilitative coaching framework outlines the goals and areas of emphasis in the coaching practice. Systematic documentation of all relevant progress helps us stay organized and keep track of the various goals our teachers are working towards.
What coaches do
Facilitative coaching is a continuous, ongoing process for the teacher as well as the coach. Thus, coaches and teachers work as a team towards their goals. All their activities are documented in the form of coaching work plans, which provides a way to measure progress and accountability. Another activity that our coaches and teachers learn a lot from is video analysis, wherein coaches and teachers analyze videos to learn best practices (as well as non-examples). Planning field trips for teachers which play an important rule in bridging the potential gap between the workplace and the classroom is another important part of our coaches’ specialization. Apart from planning professional development sessions, our coaches also regularly hone their writing skills via broad scope writing, i.e., articles for newsletters and blogs, and peer-reviewed journal articles.
Detailed coaching work plans are maintained using OneNote. These are used to enable collaboration between teachers and their coaches, and documentation of their progress towards these goals. Another important document is the implementation rubric, which clearly specifies the grant goals and our modus operandi to achieve them. The implementation rubric also lays down what is important to us and how we work to achieve our goals.
Our coaches use Microsoft TEAMS to a) communicate with leadership stakeholders as well as other coaches, b) communicate with all the teachers in the program, and also, c) store all coaching materials. This forms the back-end of our collaboration and communication practices.