Has your principal asked you to kick-off the year by introducing yourself and sharing what instructional coaching will look like for the year? Let’s talk through how you can create an agenda to confidently respond to this request.
If you’re new to a building or new in your role, introducing yourself and your instructional coaching program to staff can feel SCARY. Gah! However it’s a really important beginning of the year step, as it will provide the foundation for a successful “culture of coaching” within the school.
But have no fear, I’ve created a super helpful planning structure you can follow to create your own all staff introductory PD session. This is the same structure I used myself when introducing coaching at my school.
A clear agenda and supporting slides for your presentation will help you feel confident and in control of your opening presentation.
Agenda for New Instructional Coach Introduction
1. Plan for Logistics
Before getting into the meat of your introductory PD, it’s helpful to iron out all the logistical details ahead of time.
This could include:
- How much time will you have?
- In my experience, I have found that an hour time slot is about right.
- Will your principal be supporting you with facilitation?
- If not supporting you with facilitation, the presence of your principal at this PD will be essential. If any questions are asked, you can both answer with unified messaging.
- Who will be asked to attend this PD?
- It is important for ALL teachers in the building to be present for this PD to ensure everyone has a chance to ask clarifying questions, and everyone leaves with the same understanding as to how instructional coaching will be used as a professional development support structure within the building.
- What materials will you use to anchor the work?
- Texts? Key school documents?
2. Identify Outcomes
Before going any further, you’ll want to identify the key outcomes or learning targets for your introductory PD.
In the sample agenda I created, I identified three guiding learning targets to anchor what I really wanted teachers to walk away with.
In the image above I created a few learning target starters to get you thinking. One or two would be good, but no more than three!
3. Create a Support System Document
This doesn’t need to be fancy.
Just a one-pager explaining how coaching and your work fits into the bigger picture of professional development within your school.
You might additionally explain what your coaching model will be. Will you primarily use a student-centered coaching approach? Are you working with the New Teacher Center Model? Or perhaps you are more closely aligned to Jim Knight’s coaching model.
4. Put Together Your Agenda
OK, time to put this all together into an agenda you’ll use to structure your time and work with teachers.
After you’ve created your agenda, share with your principal so you can continue to be on the same page with the messaging on instructional coaching that you will deliver to staff.
5. Create Your Slides
To go along with the agenda you have just created, you will want to create a slide deck to support you in visually communicating your message and learning.
Use your slides to help you do a bit of rehearsing ahead of your PD session, so you are feeling confident and ready to go!
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