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The instructional coaching model is grounded in the seven principles of ‘partnership philosophy’ as delineated by Jim Knight:
  • Equality: instructional coaches and teachers are equal partners
  • Choice: teachers should have choice regarding what and how they learn
  • Voice: professional learning should empower and respect the voices of teachers
  • Dialogue: professional learning should enable authentic dialogue
  • Reflection: reflection is an integral part of professional learning
  • Praxis: teachers should apply their learning to their real-life practice as they are
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  • Reciprocity: instructional coaches should expect to get as much as they give
In order for instructional coaching to be effective and wide-spread, all stakeholders must have a full understanding of the instructional coaching model. The role of the principal in facilitating this understanding is instrumental. Professional learning opportunities and support must exist for both administrators and coaches.
Coaching Observation Cycles
  • 1 on 1 or cohort with an Instructional Coach
  • Design, observe, & debrief a lesson with colleagues

Learning Walk
  • 1 period facilitated by an Instructional Coach
  • Observe colleague(s) showcasing best practice