What is Instructional Coaching?

The coaching provided by the ICG is primarily tailored for educational leaders who are designing, implementing, or overseeing a coaching program. As such, our goal is to help leaders create highly successful coaching programs. Generally, our sessions address the following issues:

  • revisiting specific practical aspects of content that participants have been exposed to in workshops
  • inventing solutions to move through road blocks that inevitably arise when coaching is being implemented
  • providing built-in accountability to help instructional coaches and other leaders stay on track
  • supporting district leaders who often have no one to talk with about their challenges in guiding a coaching program

“Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance.”

Atul Gawande

Why is coaching necessary?

Just as teachers need coaches to help them learn and use new teaching strategies, coaches, administrators, and other educators need coaches to help them develop and support flourishing coaching programs. After studying coaching for more than 20 years, we are convinced that professional learning does not truly happen until it is being applied in the classroom—and often it is during application that educators especially need a coach.

who is coaching for?

ICG Coaching is offered for:

  • Coaching Champions (school leaders who are responsible for coaching)
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Administrators
  • Educators

what takes place during coaching?

During sessions, coaches partner with educators to help create highly effective coaching programs. To accomplish that goal, they discuss many topics, including:

  • how Coaching Champions can use ICG tools to provide follow-up and support for coaches
  • planning future professional development for coaches, teachers, and administrators
  • co-developing coaching professional development plans with leaders
  • co-planning weekly or bi-weekly professional learning meetings for coaches
  • problem solving issues related to teachers, coaches, and administrators
  • other issues that inevitably arise as coaching programs are rolled out

“Coaching is an art, and it’s far easier said than done. It takes courage to ask a question rather than give up advice, provide an answer or unleash a solution. Giving another person the opportunity to find their own way, make their own mistakes and create their own wisdom is both brave and vulnerable.”

Brene Brown

Who leads ICG’s coaching sessions?

Coaching is provided by Jim Knight, Michelle Harris, and Ann Hoffman, each of whom has more than 10 years’ experience working with coaches. Get to know ICG’s consultant team on The ICG Team page.

ICG Partners with School Districts

The Instructional Coaching Group is committed to positioning everyone we work with as partners. We are transparent about what we share, what it costs, and how we can help organizations provide their own training for their staff. Our goal is to help our partners create the best possible coaching program, and we intend for that goal to be obvious in every interaction we have with partnering organizations.

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