As the events of our world continue to unfold, instructional coaches are re-imagining what coaching looks like in virtual spaces and are planning online units of study, gathering digital texts and activities, and compiling helpful links to support students' learning in new spaces. Coaching and leading remotely is a new challenge for most instructional coaches, and it requires a shift in the way we think and carry out our daily routines.
I have a love for all things literacy teaching, coaching and leading. I’ve dedicated my career to creating spaces for learning that build teacher expertise, spark intentional reflection and connect philosophy to pedagogy.
I’ve carved out a little corner of the virtual world just for instructional coaches and leaders to fuel their work and receive the same level of support and energy they provide for their teachers.
How can we re-imagine instructional coaching for digital, virtual and remote learning settings?
Over the past months, I’ve worked closely and carefully with other literacy coaches to re-imagine what instructional coaching could look like remotely and virtually. I’ve always embraced digital tools and technology to transform literacy coaching, but now, I’ve using them exclusively to coach from afar. I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way and invite you to learn alongside me.
Based on the feedback from the coaches in my Coaching Through COVID Course & Community, I've created a Virtual Coaching Roadmap to walk you through exactly how to launch virtual instructional coaching in your school.
This self-paced course is built around my Virtual Coaching Roadmap: a carefully constructed set of 6 steps to launch virtual coaching in your school:
Step 1: Create a Vision
Step 2: Get Organized
Step 3: Welcome Teachers
Step 4: Launch Teacher Learning Communities
Step 5: Design Intentional Professional Learning Sessions
Step 6: Dive Into Coaching Cycles
I walk you through each step with a series of short videos that give you EXACTLY what you need to get started. You'll gain immediate access to 20 carefully stacked videos and all the needed links and resources that accompany them.
You can complete the Roadmap as quickly or as slowly as you'd like and you'll have instant access to me through the course comments and email for timely feedback.
But, there's more!
Periodically, I'll offer a live session to connect, share new ideas and coaching tools, answer questions and collaborate. I'll invite you to move beyond the basics of virtual coaching in the Roadmap into even more innovative coaching ideas as you become more and more comfortable with technology for coaching. It is my hope to come together as coaches to embrace a new way of learning with teachers as models for how teachers might approach instruction in their own classrooms.