October 6, 2022 -- Columbus City Schools is excited to celebrate Instructional Coaches Day! But what exactly is an Instructional Coach?
"Instructional coaches partner with teachers to analyze current reality, set goals, identify and explain teaching strategies to hit the goals, and provide support until the goals are met," said Jim Knight, a leader in the instructional coaching field.
Coaches partner with teachers to set powerful, emotionally compelling, reachable, and student-focused goals to improve student outcomes.
"It would be difficult to overstate the importance of instructional coaches. Coaches play a critical role in building teacher capacity through specific, real-time, ongoing support and feedback,” said Dr. Todd Walker, Chief Curriculum and Instruction Officer at Columbus City Schools.
The District’s instructional coaching model follows the tenants of Knight's work. The model began with a small cohort of CCS schools during the 2021-2022 school year. Here were a few conversations that took place:
There are now 113 CCS Instructional Coaches in the District, with at least one in every CCS school. The District also has three Mentor Coaches that support Instructional Coaches in the schools. In addition, coaches receive ongoing, differentiated, high-quality professional learning from the Instructional Coaching Group founded by Knight.
The 7 Partnership Principles guide the coaching model: Equality, Choice, Voice, Dialogue, Reflection, Praxis, and Reciprocity. In addition, instructional coaches use a process called the Impact Cycle to help teachers set and hit powerful goals.
"We are creating a different culture, one that is more intentional about helping our teachers in a very safe and a strategic way," said Dr. Talisa Dixon, Superintendent at Columbus City Schools.
We recognize and thank the Instructional Coaches that support our teachers and students. Thank you for all you do!