More than 300,000 new teachers join American schools each year (Snyder et al., 2019). Although these educators have already completed teacher preparation programs, they will learn crucial skills on the job: how to create equity and safety in their classrooms, inspire curiosity, maintain high expectations for all students, take a proactive approach to discipline, and so much more.
What if there were an effective, efficient method for helping novice teachers— and all teachers—to jump-start their practice and improvement of these skills?
Recent studies have found that quick coaching sessions dramatically improve teacher practice and student achievement (Kraft et al., 2018). Structured coaching also positively influences both teacher beliefs about student behavior and teacher approaches to addressing perceived behavioral concerns. According to these studies, many skills that teachers may initially struggle with developing much more rapidly through a quick coaching model (Cohen et al., 2020, p. 208). There is no need to wait for teachers to learn important skills on the job when school leaders can guide and support them in this ongoing professional learning.
Quick Coaching Guides are designed to provide active, deliberate engagement in meaningful topics for individuals, small groups, or larger professional learning communities. All resources, including tools for assessment and follow-up, are included. Each Quick Coaching Guide offers hands-on structures for reflection, learning, and planning for change, all centered around a specific focus. Accompanying each school set of Quick Coaching Guides is a Leader Guide designed to support school leaders in facilitating directive coaching for teams of adults. Leader Guides develop the school leader’s ability as an instructional coach who responds to teacher needs, prompts reflection, and provides useful feedback.
There are 30 timely topics to choose from, including many topics connected to social and emotional learning and diversity, equity, and inclusion. As soon as you receive your school set of Quick Coaching Guides, you have everything you need to develop professional learning communities, incorporate professional learning into faculty or department meetings, or work individually with a teacher. Quick Coaching Guides enable school leaders to choose the method that works best for their teachers and schedules. Let us help you create quality change in your schools with Quick Coaching Guides that give you everything you need to maintain active and engaged professional learning communities!
- Cohen, J., Wong, V., Krishnamachari, A., & Berlin, R. (2020). Teacher coaching in a simulated environment. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 42(2), 208-231.
- Kraft, M. A., Blazar, D., & Hogan, D. (2018). The effect of teacher coaching on instruction and achievement: A meta-analysis of the causal evidence. Review of Educational Research, 88(4), 547–588. Table 208.20.
- Snyder, T. D., De Brey, C., & Dillow, S. A. (2019). Digest of Education Statistics 2017, NCES 2018-070. National Center for Education Statistics.