Are you wanting to head into the school year with a clear vision of your instructional coaching role and responsibilities? Let’s walkthrough three steps to help you do just that.
Clarifying your role and responsibilities as an instructional coach can feel exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. As a coach myself, I understand how important this is as a first step in setting yourself up for a successful school year.
As coaches, we are capable of doing a lot of things, but not everything! Lack of clarity and focus will leave you stretched too thin in your work and frustrated in your efforts.
Now that I’ve worked through clarifying my own coaching role and responsibilities several times in my career, I can share three steps to help you do the same!
3 Steps to Clarify Your Instructional Coaching Role and Responsibilities
1. Define What Instructional Coaches Do
Instructional coaches can play many roles and assume multiple responsibilities in a school building. It is helpful to begin with brainstorming what these roles currently are in your building or could be. For myself, I have found it to be most helpful to pair up with a coaching buddy or colleague and do some brainstorming.
Questions to ask during this time could include:
- What is the work we do on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis to support the school?
- Where are we feeling stretched too thin?
- What is needed most by teachers and students this year?
If you are new to a school, you might talk with the previous instructional coach. You could also use the Clarify Your Instructional Coaching Role and Responsibilities Planning Kit to support you with this.
2. Meet With Your Principal
Now that you have a better idea of what you believe your coaching role and responsibilities should be, the next step will be to meet with your principal.
During this time, you will want to present what you’re thinking, ask clarifying questions, and get on the same page.
Record your communication and any needed next steps, so you have a record of the conversation and are prepared to move forward.
3. Share With Staff
Now that you’ve done some personal reflection on your coaching role and responsibilities, and you’ve gotten on the same page with your principal, it’s time to share with staff.
I would suggest holding an all staff meeting to share your clarified role as an instructional coach for the building and how your work connects to the school’s overall support structure. This way you and your principal are able to share the same unified message, and answer any clarifying questions as a team.
Working through these three steps will help you build a “culture of coaching” at your school.
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