Debra Puente, Director of District Support


District leaders often ask us for guidance about how best to sustain the implementation of new initiatives.

During a recent conversation, the question of instructional coaching came up. We discussed the skills that are needed to be an effective coach. This got me thinking about the various aspects of coaches work and the roles they play when motivating and supporting their colleagues. I have adapted the work of a district in Fairfax County, VA, to call out the complex demands of instructional coaching.

The instructional coaches who support E.L. Achieve initiatives challenge the status quo by pushing teachers, administrators, and themselves to improve students’ skill, confidence, and ownership of their language use. Thoughtfully stepping in and out of multiple roles enables an instructional coach to strengthen implementation efforts at the site, department/grade, and classroom level. 

This blog was previously published with the title, "Instructional Coaching … The Work Defined."