An instructional coach is chiefly responsible for bringing evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with teachers and other school leaders. This course focuses on the coach’s role in classroom management, content enhancement, instruction, asking effective questions, and assessment for learning. Participants will also explore the fundamentals for sustaining a successful coaching program including how to represent the coach’s role to staff, building trusting relationships, participating in ongoing training, garnering support from administrators, and providing confidential, nonevaluative job-embedded professional development for teachers. Types of coaching and how to implement effective verbal and nonverbal communication designed to improve expertise in leadership, communication and listening, positive thinking, and support are major course themes, with additional focus on the conferencing and facilitation skills (including confidentiality agreements among coaches, teachers, and principals).
NOTE: This course is best suited for active instructional coaches. PLS 3rd Learning recommends that you have access to authentic coaching situations. If you don’t have access to real-time coaching situations, an alternative opportunity will be offered to you within the course.
This course is available in both 7-week and 4-week online formats.
Credit Hours: 3
Graduate courses include a course project designed to strengthen your professional practice and extend your knowledge related to the specific content of the course. An example of an online course project is included for your review.