Gateway Regional High School

Instructional Coaching Plan

Program Model

Purpose and Intent

Core Practices for Student-Centered Coaching

  1. Setting Goals for Coaching Cycles - The coach and teacher articulate what they hope the students will learn as a result of their partnership. Choosing a goal that begins with, “Students will…” ensures that we are student-centered. Goals may focus on the standards, student engagement, or behavior.
  2. Create Standards-Based Learning Targets - After a goal is identified, it is unpacked into student-friendly learning targets so that the teacher and coach understand what the students should know and be able to do.  
  3. Co-Plan with Student Evidence - Sorting student evidence helps a coach and teacher recognize patterns and trends related to student learning. Then, the coach and teacher co-plan instruction that directly focuses on the students’ needs.
  4. Utilize Coaching Cycles - Coaching cycles create authentic partnerships that increase student outcomes. In a coaching cycle, the teacher and coach are both in the mix, reflecting on their decision-making, problem solving, and figuring out how to adjust instruction in the moment.
  5. Co-Teach Using Effective Instructional Practices - Co-teaching creates authentic partnerships. Rather than sitting on the sidelines, the coach and teacher are in the mix, reflecting on their decision-making, problem solving, and figuring out how to adjust instruction in the moment.
  6. Measure the Impact on Student & Teacher Learning - The coach continually asks, ‘Did it work? Are we showing growth? Where should we go next?’ By documenting their impact, coaches are able to validate coaching and engage more teachers. Working to create opportunities for students to reflect on their learning and receive feedback.
  7. Partner with the School Leaders - The coach and school leaders work together to define their respective roles.  They work together across the year to design plans that focus on student and teacher learning and growth.

Coaching Skills

Instructional Supervisor (IS) Roles/Responsibilities

  1. ISs will serve as coaches for assigned teachers, using the student-centered coaching model as a guide for their work.
  2. During coaching cycles, teachers and coaches will collaborate using the Results-Based Coaching Tool.
  3. ISs will maintain coaching logs to document work with individuals or teams.
  4. ISs will meet weekly as a C&I team to discuss current status of goals and progress, collaboratively plan, and work to meet the needs of teachers and students.
  5. ISs will meet bimonthly with the Administrative Team to review current data, align efforts across school operations, and collaborate to meet the needs of teachers and students.

The Coaching Cycle

  1. Lasts 3-4 weeks
  2. Includes the coach in the classroom 1-3 times per week during instructional time
  3. Includes 1 planning conversation each week that lasts about 30-45 minutes

Ways Coaches and Teachers Can Work Together

Questioning Strategies for Coaching and Teaching

Jennifer Bay-­Williams & Maggie B. McGatha; NCSM 2015

1. What might be some strategies you have tried before that were successful?

2. What are some connections between this goal and the standards?

3. What seems most useful in this situation?

4. What might be some of your choices?

5. In what ways might you sequence those ideas?

6. What are some specific patterns or trends that you are noticing?

7. How did the lesson compare to how you planned it?

8. What do you think might have been going on for students during the lesson?

9. What are some criteria you used to decide about using manipulatives in this


10.How might you summarize that student’s thinking on this task?  

11. How do you know that students understood the lesson?