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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.

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