A Common Definition
If coaching means different things to different people in different settings, we may not be coaching as intended.
Coaching is intentional, job-embedded professional learning designed to support teachers and staff in implementing practices with fidelity. Coaching takes place after training and happens while practitioners are doing their work.
The Coaching Competency Practice Profile (CCPP) is the definition of coaching, allowing coaching to be teachable, learnable, doable, and replicable. That way, it means the same thing to different people in different settings and we have fidelity to coaching!
Installing a Coaching System
One role of coaching is to support educators in the implementation of an innovation. Ongoing research shows that effective coaching improves teacher practice. What is often overlooked however, is that coaching is also an innovation which must be operationalized before it can support innovations with fidelity. The following tool, adapted from the National Implementation Research Network, fits the needs of Wisconsin educators.
Included in each section below, are key activities along with tools and resources to guide you through each stage of implementing a coaching system.
What's next for you?
Are you ready to reflect on your coaching skills? Take the self assessment to determine your strengths and growth areas. The coaching competency self-assessment is a private reflection of an individual’s coaching skills and needs related to each of the competencies within the CCPP. There are a series of statements taken from the “expected use in practice” column of the CCPP. Each individual should read the statements and score themselves on a scale from 1 being low and 4 being high. There is also an optional space to provide rationale. Although rationales are optional, information entered will be valuable in informing your professional development and coaching needs. This is an excellent tool to inform your professional growth and goal development.
Ways to Continue Your Learning
Lead your own book study! Follow a detailed facilitator guide to lead colleagues in deep discussion of the text, Coaching for Equity, Conversations that Change practice by Elena Aguilar. You can read about the original book study, led by Statewide Coaching Coordinator, Joseph Kanke, in the March 2021 Coaching Chronicles Newsletter. All the tools and resources you need to take a deep dive into Coaching For Equity can be accessed at the button below.
Read a coaching blog! Read more about coaching and how to grow your practice on Joseph's coaching blog.
Grow a coaching network! Finding your community is important. We grow in our reflective practice when we take time to dialogue and seek feedback. Fostering your network will open new doors to professional learning and support, look to see what is available to you and make some connections. Read more about creating your own coaching network.