PD and Coaching

Job-embedded coaching (individual and team) is ISA’s primary intervention to help schools successfully engage in the change process. ISA coaching is outcomes driven; coaches and the leaders and teachers they will work with identify those outcomes the staff want the coaching to address, and these define each coach’s scope of work.

ISA provides schools with coaching in the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Content area (English/language arts, literacy, math, science, and social studies)
  • Counseling
  • English language learners
  • Special education
  • Social, emotional, and academic development
  • Restorative practices
  • Equity

ISA coaches are all experienced classroom teachers and/or school building leaders so that they bring the authenticity, knowledge, and wisdom of real-life school experience to the work of coaching.

Leadership Coaching. ISA leadership coaching provides principals and leadership team members support to:

  • Establish school and district goals and priorities that will build capacity to develop a college-going/career-ready culture;
  • Develop and implement a strategic plan and an implementation plan designed to achieve those goals and priorities;
  • Use multiple sources of data to monitor the implementation plan and make adjustments based on data and feedback;
  • And align supervision and evaluation with the goals.

Content-Area Coaching. ISA content coaches provide individual teacher and grade level and/or department team coaching in literacy, ELA, mathematics, science, social studies, advisory, special education, ELL, restoration, equity, and the integration of social, emotional, and academic learning. In collaboration with the principal and content area supervisors and teachers, ISA content coaches identify outcomes that the school wants to achieve in the content area, and these outcomes constitute each coach’s scope of work. Content coaching supports the implementation of inquiry-based, standards-aligned, and college- and career-preparatory instructional strategies that helps schools make progress on the outcomes and goals they have established.

ISA content coaching supports the implementation of school and district goals and can include:

  • Co-planning and co-developing inquiry-based, standards-aligned curriculum units, lessons, projects, tasks, activities, discussions, and curriculum-embedded performance tasks and assessments;
  • Differentiation;
  • Modeling instructional strategies that elicit high-order thinking and facilitate classroom discourse;
  • Observing teaching and learning and providing evidence-based, non-judgmental feedback for teacher improvement and progress toward the outcomes;
  • Supporting the use of data, including student work, to assess the effectiveness of instruction and inform instructional decisions;
  • And integrating academic mindset and metacognitive learning strategies that increase students’ opportunities for academic success.

Coaching Teams. In schools sites with multiple ISA coaches, the leadership coach and content coaches meet together with school personnel to discuss progress on their coordinated outcomes; to share effective coaching practices and coaching challenges; and to work together on these challenges.