Instructional Coaches in the Park City School District collaborate with teachers to help them identify and implement effective research and evidence based instructional practices. Instructional Coaches provide a structure to guide all educators to excel in their teaching practice by providing:
This allows teachers to empower the whole child in their development of knowledge, skills, and potential as critical thinkers.
An Instructional Coach’s goal is to improve student achievement across all content areas and student groups.
To be involved in a community of learners where reflection occurs on a regular basis is both powerful and a proven type of professional development. Coaches provide resources and support in a variety of ways, including observation, SIOP, data analysis, pedagogy. Coaches model professional behavior and teaching. Coaching is individualized and job-embedded to address each teacher’s needs based on their own goals for instruction. Coaches help teachers continually improve their practice, regardless of the length of time they have been in the classroom.
If the goal of professional development is to make ongoing gains in one’s profession, then coaching achieves this because it isn’t meant to be transitory. It’s ongoing and meets the needs of individual teachers in real time. It is teacher centered and teacher driven.
As the teaching profession is an ever-changing process, coaching cycles are imperative to the transitions that teachers must go through.
Coaching is whole group and individual in nature, designed to ultimately support the teachers so they may support their students.