Coaching Resources

Schuylkill Haven Area School District

November 2012



Complete the handout "Our Current Thinking About Coaching."

PIIC's approach to instructional coachingCoaches assist teachers in classrooms with the PIIC core elements at the center:
  • One-on-one and small group support for teachers and other school leaders
  • Collecting and analyzing data to identify and address student needs and measure student progress
  • Evidence-based literacy practices across all content areas
  • Reflective and non-evaluative practice to determine what worked well

The B, D, A (before, during, and after) cycle of consultation and feedback is fundamental to the PIIC model. In brief, it works as follows. Before class visits, coaches co-plan with teachers to create goals, determine strategies, and identify materials and resources to use. During class visits, coaches work with teachers to implement a specific literacy-based instructional approach, which emphasizes the consistency of language and practice across all content areas. After the visitation, coaches and teachers discuss what goals were met and what worked well, focusing on their next steps to improve student performance. This is a non-evaluative process that encourages teachers to try innovative ways to engage students in a risk-free environment.
PIIC coaches use a “train the trainers” model. Coaches provide turn around training to help school staff collect and analyze data to measure student growth and target future improvement efforts so that student progress is always central to building teacher capacity. Specifically distinguishing the PIIC model, PIIC coaches are supported by instructional mentors who are skilled, experienced professionals who help coaches improve their practice so that they can work more effectively with teachers and other school leaders.

"What is Coaching?"

"The Change Process As It Applies to Coaching"

Read the article and notate as follows:
! - This is important.
MS - Makes Sense
C - Connection

Before/During/After Coaching Model

Read the front side of the handout.
On the back, jot down some questions you ahve about the coaching process.

Ways to Coach

Which level best describes the format most utilized by you at this time?
What assistance do you need to move to a higher level?

Instructional coaches are much more than just resource providers; coaches are the vehicle for helping teachers understand effective instructional practices and how delivery of these practices are vital for improved student learning.


Start small, leave a trail of good practices and open your classroom.
Don't answer a question immediately.
Think about your objectives and what steps you will need to take in order to accomplish those goals.
Be reflective.
Remember you are not an evaluator. Generate an atmosphere that is conducive to teacher learning and provide support in a risk-free environment.
Use data when making instructional recommendations.Develop relationships with teachers and demonstrate content knowledge so you can create a non-threatenng environment conducive to sharing and learning instructional practices that help improve student learning.Coaching will not look the same for every teacher.