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Instructional Coaching

Learn about how teachers can effectively support other teachers in professional development, sharing best practices, and improving instruction.

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  • Illustration concept of woman going through the hiring process

    How to Get a Teaching Job in 2021

    We surveyed administrators, instructional coaches, and career counselors around the country for their insights on applying for teaching jobs this year.
    Nora Fleming
  • Elementary school teacher works with student on math problem on chalk board in classroom

    There’s More to Math Feedback Than ‘Correct’ and ‘Incorrect’

    Teachers can help students master grade-level content by giving feedback that supports independent learning and progress.
  • Teachers meeting in a classroom

    Collaborating on Equitable Teaching Practices in Math

    Math coaches can help teachers identify how their perceptions and teaching methods influence student success.
  • Using Video for Professional Development

    Using Video for Professional Development

    When teachers film themselves in the classroom, it helps them reflect on and improve their teaching practice.
  • A group of teachers enjoying coffee together

    Building a Positive Staff Culture Takes Work

    If schools want a strong collegial atmosphere, they need to foster it intentionally—both across the school and on smaller scales.
  • Middle school aged girl at computer distance learning

    Adapting an Effective Math Collaboration Activity for Distance Learning

    An instructional coach and math teacher who developed a powerful model for student collaboration have tweaked it for the pandemic.
  • Students completing math problems on small whiteboards

    A Strategy for Boosting Student Engagement in Math

    A four-step approach to group work can get students talking and boost their mathematical and metacognitive thinking.
  • Two women in work meeting with ipad

    4 Ways to Maximize the Benefit of Having an Instructional Coach

    Coaches can do a lot to help even veteran teachers improve, especially when teachers know what kinds of support they’re looking for.
  • Boy completing math lesson via video chat during distance learning

    How to Use the 5Es in Remote Math Instruction

    A five-stage instructional model—engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate—can guide students to a deeper understanding of math.
  • Teachers having an upbeat meeting

    5 Relationship-Building Tips for Instructional Coaches

    Building strong ties with teachers is key to being able to support them in improving student outcomes. Hint: Keep some chocolate handy.
  • Teacher coaches other teachers during professional development

    4 Tips for Instructional Coaches

    Help new and veteran teachers improve their practice by implementing a few simple strategies.
  • An instructional coach and a teacher discuss some paperwork.

    Coaching the Veteran Teacher

    Guiding teachers who have years of experience takes sensitivity and a willingness to learn from them at the same time.
  • A social studies teacher participates in an online staff meeting alone in his classroom at Middletown High School

    Virtual Coaching Takes Off

    When video is at the core of instructional coaching, the entire process becomes more efficient and effective.
  • Two adults sitting and talking with papers in a classroom

    How New Teachers Can Use Evaluation Feedback to Improve

    On their own or with an instructional coach, new teachers can create a data-driven action plan for improving their teaching practices.
  • A coach looks on as a teacher works with students.

    Coaching the Novice Teacher

    Some dos and don’ts for instructional coaches striving to help new teachers make a successful start.

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