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 a tool that expands on this definition of coaching, allowing coaching to be teachable, learnable, doable, and replicable.
Watch this brief tutorial to learn how to use the tool in your work.
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 confidential self assessment to determine your strengths and growth areas. This is an excellent tool to inform your professional growth and goal development.
Watch this short video which explains how the assessment is connected to the CCPP and how your results can guide what's next.
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