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Looking Back, Moving Forward: Instructional Coaching for Optimal Learning Whitepaper

For 25 years, New Teacher Center has focused on getting better at what we do. Our reputation is built on giving educators access to career-shaping coaches and mentors — high-trust relationships that lead to deep, personal, affirming, and reflective learning experiences. The goal is that teachers can, in turn, model these same practices and ways of being in their classrooms with their students.

Over the last decade, to validate the effectiveness of NTC’s model and investigate the conditions needed to scale a culture of coaching school and system-wide, we have engaged in numerous studies with federal grant partners. We’ve learned a lot about what works and where to pivot. Leveraging a Decade of Research: Designing Instructional Coaching for Optimal Learning summarizes our learning journey. Authored by SRI International, the paper highlights our history and the evolution of our model and its deep alignment with research and practice wisdom on how to support optimal learning for teachers and students. Findings from these studies and our ongoing experience working with educators on the ground continue to improve our relationship-driven solutions that unlock how people engage, learn, and thrive.

Download: Designing Instructional Coaching for Optimal Learning

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