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New Teacher Center Releases Instructional Coaching Program and Practice Standards for the First Time

Standards offer districts direct insight into key aspects of high-quality instructional coaching that increase educator effectiveness


SANTA CRUZ, CA, September 6, 2018 New Teacher Center (NTC), a national nonprofit focused on improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teacher and school leaders, today released its Instructional Coaching Program and Practice Standards. The release of these standards follows the release of the Teacher Induction Program Standards (TIPS) and the Mentor Practice Standards earlier this year.

The Teacher Induction Standards focus on supporting the developmental needs unique to new teachers, while the Instructional Coaching Standards address teacher needs across the developmental and career continuum. Together, this collection identifies the vision and goals for a comprehensive instructional coaching program within a district, and the essential program components for high-quality mentor and coaching programs.

The Instructional Coaching Program Standards define the essential components of an effective coaching program that accelerates teacher effectiveness. Districts can then use the Instructional Coaching Practice Standards as a framework to implement these components in a strategic, quality practice. These standards collectively support maximum impact on teaching and learning, regardless of context. Together, the Instructional Coaching Standards were developed to accelerate teacher effectiveness, build teacher leadership, increase student learning, and support equitable outcomes for every learner.

The Instructional Coaching Program Standards address the foundational, structural, and instructional components that are essential to a successful Instructional Coaching program, including:

  • Active and meaningful school leader and stakeholder engagement, including school-based teams such as PLCs or instructional leadership teams;
  • A research-based, clearly articulated, and widely-owned vision;
  • Coherence, collaboration, and realistic allocation of resources to create the conditions to achieve that vision;
  • Clear allocation of roles and responsibilities of coaches who provide focused instructional assistance to teachers;
  • Preparation, developments, and ongoing, job-embedded professional learning for coaches aligned with site and district instructional priorities;
  • A collaborative system of formative assessment of practice for teachers and coaches;
  • Targeted, differentiated professional learning opportunities for teachers;
  • Inquiry-based coaching cycles focused on continuous improvement;
  • A deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
  • Priority focus on cultivating optimal learning environments for every learner.

“NTC’s Instructional Coaching Standards reflect the best practices gleaned from our program analyses and from our years of working with district partners,” said NTC Vice President of Product Development, Jenny Morgan. “By presenting a system-level approach to coaching, districts are better able to integrate a lasting program that supports coaches who can support teachers’ instructional practice at all levels, thereby increasing student learning and equitable outcomes for kids.”

With 2018 marking 20 years of dedicated commitment to teachers, students, and school leaders, NTC continues to work toward closing the achievement gap, working alongside its partners to give every student an excellent experience with teachers and school leaders to ensure they reach their full potential in the classroom and beyond. Over time, NTC has dedicated analysis and experience to creating and testing their growth and development programs for educators, leading to the evolution of their teacher induction program, which has been proven to make a difference for both students and teachers.

The Instructional Coaching Program Standards are intended for use across a wide variety of program contexts, including consortia, small and large school districts, Pre-K–17 partnerships, and charter schools.

View the full Instructional Coaching Program and Practice Standards here.

Learn more on the September 20 webinar. Register here.

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New Teacher Center (NTC) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending education inequalities for all students by accelerating the effectiveness of educators at all levels. Founded by teachers in 1998, NTC builds capacity within districts and district partners to drive student achievement, teacher effectiveness, and teacher and leadership development. We do this by providing PreK-12 teachers and school leaders with the skills and supports needed to create optimal learning environments that accelerate students’ academic and social emotional success.

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