What is Instructional Coaching?
Instructional coaching is a field with promise and possibility. A successful school or district coaching model can create a powerful professional learning community committed to student success. The goal of school-based instructional coaching is to increase student learning by providing continuous, relevant and job-embedded support to teachers (Sweeney, 2010). In order to do so, schools employ a variety of instructional coaching models; however, not all models lead with a focus on evidence and student learning. Student-Centered Coaching is the model that embraces these practices and puts teachers in the best position to improve student learning.
Student-Centered Coaching is about (1) setting specific targets for students that are grounded in the standards and content and (2) working together with educators to ensure that the targets are met (Sweeney, 2010). The University of Wisconsin-Madison is excited to offer a series of four courses that are dedicated to enhancing and defining the knowledge and skills of instructional coaches.
Through our Student-Centered Coaching Certificate Program, current and aspiring coaches engage in dialogue and job-embedded professional development to ground their coaching work in student evidence and further refine coaching practices.
Credit Option: $1400/course
Non-Credit Option: $950/course
- Identify the core practices of Student-Centered Coaching and compare them to other coaching models to help inform coaching strategies that result in student learning
- Analyze student assessment data to guide instructional decision-making
- Plan collaboratively with educators to improve student learning
- Conduct Student-Centered Coaching cycles that use student evidence to guide the sessions
- Recognize factors that may create barriers to effective coaching and work collaboratively to develop approaches to address these factors
- Reflect on one’s own coaching work and use that reflection to continually grow and improve