Atul Gawande’s feature article The New Yorker this week, Personal Best: Top athletes and singers have coaches. Should you?, has sure sparked a lot of discussion this week on instructional coaches. I thought I’d bring together a few of what I consider the best resources on the topic.
One thing I have found in my research is that it’s pretty scary what’s being done in the name of “instructional coaching” these days. As a community organizer for twenty years prior to becoming a teacher, it reminds me of some of the awful stuff done in the name of community organizing!
From my perspective, effective instructional coaching needs to be voluntary, outside of the formal evaluation process and relationship-based. And resources on this list must meet those same criteria. Feel free to offer additional suggestions.
Here are my choices for The Best Resources On “Instructional Coaching” (in addition to The New Yorker article, of course):
I did an interview with Pam Moran, the Superintendent of the District featured in Gawande’s article. It is, be far, the most important piece on instructional coaching I’ve seen.
Doctor’s Orders: Fund Teacher-Coaching Programs is from Teacher’s Now at Education Week.
ASCD has released the online version of this month’s Educational Leadership. It’s theme? “Coaching: The New Leadership Skill”.
Now, This Is What I Call Professional Development! is the first post I wrote on The New Yorker article.
Here are links to pieces I’ve written about our school’s coaching effort:
There Are Some Right Ways & Some Wrong Ways To Videotape Teachers — And This Is A Wrong Way
I have a lot of respect for Elena Aguilar, who works as an instructional coach in California. Here are links to some of her articles on the topic:
Here’s a link to her blog on instructional coaching.
Coaching is Good for Doctors and Teachers Both is by John Thompson.
Thanks to Farnam Street, I learned about this video of a talk Atul Gawande gave to a school of education recently.
You can watch the entire video here, but I used “Tube Chop” to show just what I thought would be the part most useful to educators (you’ll have to click through to watch it though — if you’re reading this on an RSS Reader):
Elena Aguilar has created a useful website for instructional coaches.
Elena Aguilar has put together a good YouTube list on Coaching.
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