If you are about to make the transition from educator to educational coach, there are a number of resources that provide a better picture of the role and responsibilities of this new position. In choosing to become a coach, you have a passion to help teachers hone their teaching skills, which also includes creativity and leadership. These references below offer not only a wealth of knowledge, but also valuable tools and practice ideas.
Jim Knight is an expert in instructional coaching for having studied the subject for a decade. He has authored several books and articles helping new and seasoned instructional coaches improve their practices. This book offers an in-depth look at coaching and its core elements. You’ll find the tools offer are very beneficial in helping you get the most out of guiding and feedback for teachers, such as “The Big Four” framework, which covers behaviors and direct instruction.
The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation by Elena Aquilar
This book is truly a hands-on reference, in that it offers guidance on almost every aspect of instructional coaching. Aguilar is an instructional and leadership coach in the Oakland Unified School District and has a transformational approach to instructional coaching. The book is broken up into four parts, starting with the foundation of instructional coaching to professional development for coaches. You’ll find coaching activities, tips and observations as well as interview questions a principal would ask a coach applicant.
Everyday Instructional Coaching: Seven Daily Drivers to Support Teacher Effectiveness by Nathan D. Lang-Road
Dr. Land-Road is certainly a leader in instructional coaching with an impressive resume, including education supervisor at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and cofounder of #LeadUpChat. He deconstructs the everyday work of instructional coaching with seven drivers, such as transparency, reverberation and sincerity. To help you fully understand each driver, Lang-Road provides coaching strategies, daily practices, examples and research.
Make It Happen: Coaching with the Four Critical Questions of PLCs at Work by Kim Bailey and Chris Jakicic
Bailey and Jakicic are educators with exemplary backgrounds in instructional coaching. They created this guide to help instructional coaches build a school that aligns itself with the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) model, which has been proven to help schools increase student learning. To make this happen, coaches must be able to answer the four critical questions of the PLC model, such as “What do we want students to know and do?” There are instructional tools, templates, coaching reflections, action steps and more to help coaches be more effective with their clients.