In 2013, Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis will continue to provide top-notch professional development offerings for St. Louis area (and beyond!) K-12 educators. On January 30 and 31st, CSD hosts Ann Hoffman, M.Ed. at University City School District’s McNair Administration Building for an Instructional Coaching Institute.
This two-day Instructional Coaching Institute will provide a foundation upon which a solid, effective instructional coaching program can be built. The content of the institute is based on more than eight years of research on instructional coaching conducted by Jim Knight and the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (where presenter Ann Hoffman visits us from). Instructional coaches are onsite professional developers who teach educators how to use proven teaching methods. They employ a variety of professional development procedures to foster widespread, high-quality implementation of interventions, providing “on-the-job learning.”
The institute addresses what instructional coaching is and how it differs from other forms of coaching; specific communication strategies that a person use to build healthy relationships with other professionals; plus leadership skills that enable coaches to lead reform efforts in their schools.