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Instructional Coaching

Instructional Coaching

"Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance.''' – Atul Gawande

What is Instructional Coaching?

As the landscape of education continues to evolve, Instructional Coaching is an imperative role to support educators in meeting the ever-changing needs of students.

 The ESC of Central Ohio deeply believes in and is committed to supporting those in the role of Instructional Coach for member districts and schools. We align with the models that take a student-centered, partnership approach. Our work is inspired and influenced by the thinking and research of Jim Knight, Elena Aguilar, Diane Sweeney, Cathy Toll, and many others.  

"Educational coaches partner with teachers for job-embedded professional learning that enhances teachers' understanding of students, the curriculum, and pedagogy for the purpose of solving problems that impede teacher success and pursuing interests that enhance teacher success." - Cathy Toll

Our Facilitator of Curriculum and Instruction collaborates with and facilitates professional learning for district teams, coaching teams, and individual coaches through on-site differentiated support, coaching series, Instructional Coaching Network, book studies and virtual chats.

Coaching Links for Learning

Jim Knight: 

Atul Gawande: Stanford trained, Harvard Surgeon; Writer for the New Yorker; Ted Talk and read his article as he speaks about “If you want to get good at something, get a coach.” 

Achieve The Core: Coherence Maps Working with teachers teams with digging into standards or want to deepen your own understanding of the grade level coherence? This tool supports and maps out the deep connection between grade-level standards.  

Upcoming Professional Learning

ESC of Central Ohio Instructional Coaching Network

Join other Central Ohio Instructional Coaches during the 2023-2024 school year as we connect and consider how to Deepen our Practices in support of adult learners for the purpose of positively impacting student learning. We plan to meet monthly from 2-3:30 pm to learn together, share our experiences around defined coaching topics and have the opportunity to network with colleagues around problems of practice. The first meeting is on August 31, 2023.

Instructional Coaching Fall Series

There's never been a better time to help your teachers meet the needs of their students by enhancing your own instructional coaching skillset. This free, four-part series provides you with the opportunity to develop and refine your practice, monitor your effectiveness, and create a network of support throughout the Central Ohio community. The first session starts on September 26, 2023.

Stephanie Warner, Facilitator of Curriculum and Instructional Support