The Island School, Bainbridge Island, WA

The Island School, Bainbridge Island, WA

NWAIS Fellowship for Collaborative Innovation:
Instructional Coaching

Current research supports the need for instructional coaches not only to support teachers in building their skills but to improve our schools and student outcomes. In the challenging field of teaching, learning-focused relationships are essential to the sustainability of teachers as professionals. Guidance and coaching are critical to the growth and development of all teachers. Just as we ask our students to continually grow and evolve in their learning, we expect our teachers to do the same. The instructional coaching model provides a methodology and process to embed professional development in NWAIS schools. In our project we will design multiple paths for schools wishing to embark on the coaching journey, including models for program implementation and teacher-leader training and support.

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Round Table Events and Workshop

Visit the Professional Development calendar at for details and registration.

Roundtable #1
When:  Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, 8:30-10:30
Where: Evergreen School
What:  In this first roundtable we’ll explore, discuss and practice some of the big ideas about instructional coaching. What is effective coaching? How do you create a professional culture of learning that is receptive to coaching?  We’ll look at some coaching models and strategies, and explore a few resources, including the book Better Conversations, by Jim Knight.   Through this process we’ll also learn more about our respective roles and challenges in our different schools.

Roundtable #2
When:  Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 8:30-10:30
Where:  The Little School
What:  In this second roundtable we’ll focus on some of the most effective coaching strategies with plenty of opportunity to practice coaching conversations with our colleagues.  We’ll also share tips and resources for giving feedback, awareness of different coaching stances, and ways to optimize the learning and reflection that comes from classroom observations and video.  

Roundtable #3
When:  April 19, 8:30-10:30
Where:  Giddens School
What:  In this last (of three) roundtables we will plan the session to meet the needs and interests of the diversity of our peers at the roundtable.  One group might look more deeply into the roles and demands related to teacher evaluation and supervision, while the other group might find it useful to practice a peer coaching session, or to share resources and workshop materials in the interest of building our professional libraries and strengthening the connection between research, coaching, and student success.

A Workshop for School Leaders Who Support the On-Going Development of Adult Learners in Their Community.
When: March 7, 9:00 - 3:30
Where: Bright Water School
What:  This workshop will help leaders and mentors think about how to provide professional development that is ongoing and growth oriented. We will learn structures and approaches that can be used one-on-one or with teams and large groups. We will practice skills and strategies to help "grow up" your own people so that they can enhance the work they already do or support them to take on new challenges. The instructional coaches leading the workshop will also address the value of coaching and mentoring stances in running effective individual and group meetings.

Please note there is a fee associated with attending this workshop.