Peer Coaching as a Model of School-Wide Pedagogical Growth (LA)
Peer coaching has become an increasingly central and vital feature of high-performing faculties, and recent research affirms the positive outcomes of this collaborative approach in terms of both teaching efficacy and school climate.
Drawing from various peer coaching thought leaders, programs, and resources, this workshop will explore two primary models for peer coaching: one through peer classroom observations and another through video learning teams. Participants will learn the essential organizational components and benefits of each model, and will acquire practical tools to take back to their schools and teams. The program explores peer coaching philosophies and goals as well as designs for peer coaching team structures, timelines, meeting or conversation protocols, and data collection instruments for classroom observations.
Some of the specific topics and issues we will explore are:
- Exploring two primary peer coaching philosophies and models
- Leveraging the experience and expertise of participants to identify further ways to approach peer coaching
- Determining the right approach for a particular faculty or team, based on school-wide, departmental, or team-specific goals
- Accessing practical tools and resources for peer coaching teams
Central questions we will explore are:
- What is at stake for student learning in a faculty or team’s ability to collaborate with one another?
- How can peer coaching strengthen teacher relationships and teams on behalf of student learning as well as teacher retention and job satisfaction?
- What roles can peer coaching play in a professional learning community, as teachers support and learn from one another
- How can school leaders leverage peer coaching to build teachers’ capacity for growth and learning?