Instructional Coaches Academy
Empower your coaches and mentor teachers
Instructional coaches are an invaluable resource in any learning system. Coaches have the power to influence teaching, student learning, and school culture. Effective coaches can ensure that 90% of staff learning transfers to the classroom.
Effective coaches are master teachers with substantial instructional and content expertise. Coaches, however, often lack deep expertise in professional learning. Learning Forward’s Coaches Academy focuses on developing coaches’ skills in building relationships, leading professional learning, and individual and team coaching.
The curriculum and learning design of the Learning Forward Coaches Academy reflects best practices in adult learning theory, is grounded in the Standards for Professional Learning.
Using strategies from Taking the Lead: New Roles for Teachers and School-Based Coaches and Coaching Matters, Learning Forward’s Coaches Academy provides comprehensive learning and ongoing support for your system’s coaches and the leaders who support them.
We host Coaches Academies at your location and design each academy to meet your coaches’ most pressing needs.
We also support districts to implement a comprehensive mentoring program through a nine-day Mentor Academy that assists mentors of new teachers to build strong relationships with mentees; diagnose and prioritize mentee’s strengths and areas for growth; design and implement a mentoring support plan; and assess and deepen their own content knowledge and content-specific pedagogy.
For more information, contact us at the link below.
What We Do
Coaches Academy helps coaches embrace their roles as learning leaders and better understand their relationships with teachers and principals. The academy also helps teachers develop skills in:
Presentation and facilitation
Leading professional learning
Providing effective feedback
Coaching individuals and teams
Selecting learning designs
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Fill out our web form and let us know about your system and how you’d like to support your coaches.
We’ll connect you with one of our coaching consultants to talk about our coaching work and how we can support you.
We’ll work with your coaches on site and virtually to ensure they’re work gets results for teacher and students.
Coaches Academy Team
Valerie Mitrani is a Learning Forward senior consultant with expertise in planning, designing and implementing professional learning initiatives in a…Read more
Julie Lambert is a Learning Forward senior consultant with expertise in planning, designing and implementing professional learning initiatives in a…Read more
Joellen Killion is a senior advisor to Learning Forward and served for many years as the association’s deputy executive director….Read more
Andy Mendelsberg served Denver Public Schools as a principal, assistant principal, and curriculum director for 25 years, spending his final…Read more