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Supporting Instructional Coaching

May 16 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm EDT

Leaders: Julie Wright, Diane Sweeney Consulting; and school and district leaders from MCLA’s Instructional
Coaching Co-Op.

Instructional coaching can be the most effective professional development teachers experience. Coaching can change
classroom practice, build a positive school and district learning culture, and significantly increase student achievement.
But hiring coaches and putting them to work doesn’t automatically yield these results. We’ll use Diane Sweeney’s studentcentered coaching model and best practices from Maine administrators to identify the characteristics of effective support
for instructional coaching.

Participants will:
1. Clarify the purposes of instructional coaching across the district.
2. Understand the principles of student-centered coaching.
3. Explore the roles and responsibilities of principals, coaches, and school and district administrators in building a
culture of learning.
4. Use a team self-assessment framework to plan next steps.

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and refreshments
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome, introductions, overview of the day
Clarifying the purposes and benefits of instructional coaching
9:30 – 11:30 Julie Wright:
 Overview of student-centered coaching.
 Defining roles and responsibilities of coaches and principals.
11:30 – 12:15 Lunch
12:15 – 1:45 Supporting instructional coaching in practice
Principals and curriculum leaders from Maine districts discuss effective
support for instructional coaches and coaching and strategies to address
1:45 – 3:00 Making connections:
 Team planning with available consultation from Co-Op coaches and
2:45 – 3:00 Reflection and next steps
Learn more: MCLA’s Instructional Coaching Co-Op. Register online. About MCLA.