The Value of Coaching for Instructional Leaders
- November 26, 2021
- Posted by: TeachYou
- Category: Tutor
In a recent study conducted by the National Association of Elementary School Principals,school leaders identified five ways they were most likely to receive professional feedback: through school level opportunities,through district-provided opportunities,by reading journals and books,in face-to-face networking with colleagues and through attendance at state association conferences.Missing from that list is coaching, even though 66 percent of principals reported that they participated in coaching and 70 percent of those respondents reported that it had value. This shows that even though school leaders value coaching, it’s not among the most common ways they receive professional development (PD). Coaching is a resource that could be better leveraged.In looking at teachers PD, instructional coaching expert Jim Knight showed that coaching is effective because teachers who choose to be participants who are eager to learn and that coaching supports retention of information better than traditional sit and get PD does. And in Student Achievement Through Staff Development, Bruce Joyce and Beverly Showers demonstrated that coaching not only provides growth in knowledge and skills but is more likely to result in the transfer of knowledge and skills to practical use.If this is true for the coaching and professional learning of teachers, it should also be true for the coaching and professional learning for principals and other instructional leaders.