To build adult learners’ capacity to advance the achievement of all students and to close achievement gap through improving teaching and learning by providing job-embedded professional learning and instruction support in the content areas.
Part teacher, part leader, part change agent, and part facilitator instructional coaches work directly with teachers in their schools and classrooms to assist with the application of new knowledge and skills necessary to improve the academic performance of all students.
- Joellen Killion and Cindy Harrison; Taking the Lead
Instructional coaches are integral members of the professional learning communities where:
- Professional learning is directly tied to daily ongoing work.
- Student learning is the shared focus at all times.
- Best practices are valued and consistently implemented.
- Data is analyzed continuously to inform instructional decisions.
- Success is celebrated frequently.
- Collaboration is a way of being.