What it means: Provide support and development to each educator, through co-planning, co-teaching or co-leading, modeling, observing and providing feedback, and coaching.
Supporting and developing individuals includes planning, communicating, executing, and improving the following actions:
- Co-teach, co-lead, or model for others
- Observe and give feedback
Tools—For Multi-Classroom Leaders & Other Instructional Teacher-Leaders
- Multi-Classroom Leader Action Planner (Word)—to see each season in its own document, click on the following links: Summer; Fall; Winter; Spring
- Team Meeting Sample Agenda—Analyzing Student Work (Word)
- Team Meeting Sample Agenda—Data Analysis (Word)
- Toolkits for Teacher Selection and Evaluation, including competencies and development planning (Web)
- School Turnaround Teachers: Competencies for Success (PDF)
- School Turnaround Teacher Tools (Web)
Tools—For Principals & Multi-School Leaders
Videos—For Multi-Classroom Leaders & Other Instructional Teacher-Leaders
As a Team Leader, Collaborate on Planning
MCL Jacqueline Smith explains what she learned about how to truly co-plan with her teaching team.
Make Co-Planning a Team Activity
MCL Jacqueline Smith focuses her team on advance work to make planning meetings efficient, in-depth, and effective.
Co-teach and model for others
Co-Teach and Model
Newer teachers find modeling and co-teaching especially useful, MCL Bobby Miles says.
Model Great Instruction and Provide Practice Time
Seeing a lesson delivery modeled or a video of great instruction from the school helps build teachers’ skills, Multi-Classroom Leader Molly Whelan says.
For Struggling Teachers, Model Good Teaching and Observe Others
For struggling teachers, model strong teaching and have them observe others, MCL Nicole Pries says.
Observe and give feedback
Provide Immediate Feedback
MCL Molly Whelan emphasizes the need for immediate feedback, formal and informal, for teachers to adjust instruction quickly.
Videotape Teaching and Coaching Routinely
For impactful feedback, make videotaping routine, of both instruction and coaching time so everyone can quickly see and improve any trouble spots, MCL Okema Owens Simpson says.
Daily Coaching for New Teachers
Support new teachers daily for rapid growth, MCL Stephanie Roper says, explaining one technique she used.
MCL Molly Whelan details the protocol for doing in-the-moment coaching through headsets, from pre-conference through coaching through post-conference.
Greater Impact from Coaching Others
Teaching teachers how to teach has more power than individual student work, notes Multi-Classroom Leader Stacie Bunn.
Videos—For Principals & Multi-School Leaders
Support Leadership Team to Reach All Students
Principal Christian Sawyer says his time is best used supporting an instructional leadership team and removing barriers to their progress.
Ensure Time to Plan Together
Principal Sarah Reeves stresses the need for ample co-planning time to improve lesson quality.
Model for others
Create Process for Consistent Coaching
To focus on powerful instructional strategy improvements, create a consistent process that entire instructional team of leaders follows, Principal Erica Jordan-Thomas says.
Show, Don’t Tell, Leadership Strategies
For deeper understanding, Principal Toni Perry models the instructional leadership practices she expects multi-classroom leaders to use with their teams.
Observe and give feedback
Set Process to Coach Team Leaders
Principal Meaghan Loftus explains her process for giving feedback on their coaching to her MCLs.
Use Videotaping as Strategy to Improve Coaching
Frequent videotaping of MCLs coaching team teachers helps review and improve coaching and feedback, Principal Erica Jordan-Thomas says.
Set Clear Coaching Process
Principal Erica Jordan-Thomas talks about the ongoing professional development needed to create a clear, strong coaching process that all members of the instructional team of leaders follow.
Provide Immediate Feedback to Instructional Leadership Team
Principal Toni Perry coaches her leadership team by sitting in on meetings and coaching conversations to offer immediate feedback.
Focus on Leadership Skills for Instructional Leadership Team
Principal Christian Sawyer focuses on reaching more students by developing strong teaching team leaders.
- Do your team members have clear direction about what materials, teaching practices, and other actions are expected? If not, what needs to change?
- Do you have time and clear steps and tools for reviewing instructional practices of each team member? If not, what needs to change?
- Do team members get feedback routinely—for example, scheduled, weekly feedback? Do feedback and coaching result in changes in teaching on your team? If not, what needs to change?
- Does your team have time for team leader(s) to co-teach and model? Does that lead to changes in teaching? If not, what needs to change?
- Does your team give and receive difficult feedback with all team members to pursue instructional excellence and strong teamwork/collaboration? If not, what needs to change?
- Make a brief action plan with specific goals, roles, and time by which you will make specific changes!
- Did your changes produce better learning results? If so, keep them. If not, think again about what other changes to make!
See these printable study guides with discussion questions and real examples from educators:
- For Multi-Classroom Leaders—Key Element of Instructional Excellence: Support and Develop Individuals [pdf]
- For Principals—Key Element of Instructional Excellence: Support and Develop Individuals [pdf]
- Session 1.4 of Multi-Classroom Leader Training: Delivering Effective Feedback
- Session 2.2 of Multi-Classroom Leader Training: What to Coach
- Session 2.3 of Multi-Classroom Leader Training: How to Coach
- Session 2.5 of Multi-Classroom Leader Training: Co-Teaching and Modeling
- Session 3.1 of Multi-Classroom Leader Training: Situational Leadership
- Session 5.1 of Multi-Classroom Leader Training: Directive Coaching
- Session 7.1 of Multi-Classroom Leader Training: Management 360
- Session 8.1 of Multi-Classroom Leader Training: Leading Difficult Conversations
Other Developmental Resources
Deepen teacher content knowledge during your next coaching cycle, LearnZillion (short article)
Student Achievement Partners: Achieve The Core, Instructional Practice Guides Coaching Tools (tools)
The Art of Coaching Reader’s Guide (framework and tools)
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