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Coaches as a Teacher Support

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Curtis Andres  
Sheila Bowman  
Trevor Timmons  

Just three years ago, leveraging coaches to support teachers was our problem of practice. We just finished year two of a districtwide coach implementation. Explore how we transitioned to learning coaches, district-provided professional learning and supports, and look at a day-in-the-life of a learning coach.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Devices will be helpful to access and review resources, but are not required. Access to resources requires internet access.
Topic: Coaching & mentoring
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Visionary Leadership
  • Implement strategies for initiating and sustaining technology innovations and manage the change process in schools and classrooms.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
Systems Designer
  • Establish partnerships that support the strategic vision, achieve learning priorities and improve operations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

* Attendees will develop perspective on supporting a learning/instructional coach program from a district level (including establishing job descriptions, roles/responsibilities, evaluation tools)
* Attendees will gain an understanding of the professional learning necessary to start and support a learning/instructional coach program from scratch.
* Attendees will identify key components of implementing a coaching cohort group.

Evidence of success:
Weld RE-4 School District launched their Learning Coach (LC) Cohort in Fall 2018. LCs have become the "boots on the ground" to assist with the change management and instructional improvement necessary to implement the district and building vision. All schools in Weld RE-4 now have at least one full-time, flexibly scheduled, LC.

Based on a similar panel we presented in June 2019, a district-based coach recently drove over 250 miles to visit our district and gain a more extensive understanding of our program!

See links in referenced slide deck.


* Welcome and Introductions: interactive with audience (7 minutes)
* Background and Current State: presentation including exploration of resources (18 minutes)
* Panel Conversation: both pre-selected and audience-solicited questions (30 minutes)
* Wrap-up and Additional Resources: provide follow-up contact information and access to any additional resources (5 minutes)

See linked slideshow for example.

Supporting research

* Cognitive Coaching:
* Emergenetics International:
* Dynamic Learning Project:
* "The Art of Coaching", Elena Aguilar:

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Curtis Andres, Weld RE-4 School District

Curtis serves as the Secondary Instructional Technologist for the Weld RE-4 School District where he supports learning coaches and provides professional learning opportunities across the Weld RE-4 School District. With almost 30 years of experience as an educator at the secondary level, his teaching experience includes middle school math, social studies, science, computer science, and technology coach. In the past five years he has given multiple presentations at the Innovative Education Colorado Conference and at the ISTE conference.

Sheila Bowman, Weld RE-4 School District
Trevor Timmons, Weld RE-4 School District

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